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Actually everything that can be known has a Number; for it is impossible to grasp anything with the mind or to recognize it without this. - Philolaus c. 470 – c. 385 BC Scientist and Philosopher

In its efforts to learn as much as possible about nature modern physics has found that certain things can never be “known” with certainty. Much of our knowledge must always remain uncertain. The most we can know is in terms of probabilities. ~ Richard Feynman 1918 to 1988


Why Does Spicy Taste 'Hot' and Minty Taste 'Cool'?

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Charles F. Brannock (1903–1992) USA – Brannock Device (shoe size).

Charles Fabry (1867–1945) together with Alfred Perot (1863–1925) France – Fabry–Pérot interferometer (physics).

Wayne Pierce (inv. 1950) USA – Snow cannon.

Auguste and Louis Lumière (1862–1954 and 1864–1948 resp.) France – Cinématographe.

Fazlur Khan (1929–1982) Bangladesh – structural systems for high-rise skyscrapers.

Hans Tropsch (1889–1935) together with Franz Joseph Emil Fischer (1877–1947) Germany – Fischer–Tropsch process (refinery process).

John Harington (1561–1612) UK – the flush toilet.

Forrest Parry (1921–2005) USA – Magnetic stripe card.

Valdemar Poulsen (1869–1942) Denmark – magnetic wire recorder arc converter.

Léon Theremin (1896–1993) Russia – theremin interlace burglar alarm terpsitone Rhythmicon (first drum machine) The Thing (listening device).

Frederick Walton (c. 1834–1928) UK – Linoleum.

Alexander Popov (1859–1906) Russia – lightning detector (the first lightning prediction system and radio receiver) co-inventor of radio.

Vladimir Sergeyevich Vakhmistrov (1897–1972) Russia – first bomber with a parasite aircraft (Zveno project).

Albert Bruce Sabin (1906–1993) USA – oral Polio vaccine.

Lisitsyn brothers Ivan Fyodorovich and Nazar Fyodorovich Russia – samovar (the first documented makers).

Frederick Sanger (1918–2013) USA – Sanger sequencing (= DNA sequencing).

Rachel Fuller Brown (1898–1980) USA – Nystatin the world's first antifungal antibiotic.

Dmitri Garbuzov (1940–2006) Russia/USA – continuous-wave-operating diode lasers (together with Zhores Alferov) high-power diode lasers.

John Hadley (1682–1744) UK – Octant.

Richard J. Gatling (1818–1903) USA – wheat drill first successful machine gun.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

Simple laws can very well describe complex structures. The miracle is not the complexity of our world but the simplicity of the equations describing that complexity. ~ Sander Bais b. 1945 - Theoretical Physicist

Mathematics is the language in which the gods speak to people. ~ Plato c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC - Mathematician and Philosopher

It does not help that some politicians and journalists assume the public is interested only in those aspects of science that promise immediate practical applications to technology or medicine. - Steven Weinberg 1933 to present Theoretical Physicist

What exactly is mathematics? Many have tried but nobody has really succeeded in defining mathematics; it is always something else. Roughly speaking people know that it deals with numbers figures with relations operations and that its formal procedures involving axioms proofs lemmas theorems have not changed since the time of Archimedes. ~ Stan Ulam 1909 – 1984 - Mathematician

Pierre Curie voluntarily exposed his arm to the action of radium for several hours. This resulted in damage resembling a burn that developed progressively and required several months to heal. Henri Becquerel had by accident a similar burn as a result of carrying in his vest pocket a glass tube containing radium salt. He came to tell us of this evil effect of radium exclaiming in a manner at once delighted and annoyed: “I love it but I owe it a grudge.” - Marie Curie 1867 to 1934 Chemist Physicist

We must reason in natural philosophy not from what we hope or even expect but from what we perceive. ~ Humphry Davy - 1778 to 1829

By ‘life ’ we mean a thing that can nourish itself and grow and decay. ~ Aristotle 384 BC to 322 BC - Scientist Philosopher


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