Why Don’t Birds on Power Lines Get Zapped?

I think it would be quite wrong to suggest that my colleagues have rejected me or that I reject them. Quite the reverse. It’s only a small vociferous group – mainly biologists I’m sorry to say – that go beyond ordinary scientific criticism and start becoming personal. ~ James Lovelock 1919 – present - Gaia Theorist Inventor Scientific Polymath

The invention of logarithms came to the world as a bolt from the blue. No previous work had led up to it… It stands isolated breaking in upon human thought abruptly without borrowing from the work of other intellects or following known lines of mathematical thought. ~ John Moulton 1844 – 1921 - Mathematician


Why Don't Birds on Power Lines Get Zapped?

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Joseph Shivers (1920-2014) USA – Spandex.

Igor Spassky (born 1926) Russia – Sea Launch platform.

Sam Golden (1915–1997) together with Leonard Bocour (1910–1993) USA – Acrylic paint.

Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919) USA – beauty and hair products for African American women.

Gunther von Hagens (born 1945) Germany – whole body Plastination.

Mikhail Lomonosov (1711–1765) Russia – night vision telescope off-axis reflecting telescope coaxial rotor re-invented smalt.

Bela Schick (1877–1967) Hungary – diphtheria test.

Giovanni Luppis or Ivan Vukić (1813–1875) Austrian Empire (ethnical Croatian from Rijeka) – self-propelled torpedo.

Yuri Nikolaevich Denisyuk (1927–2006) Russia – 3D holography.

Leland Clark (1918–2005) USA – Clark electrode (medicine).

Annie Malone (1869–1957) USA – Cosmetics for African American women.

Jonas Ferdinand Gabriel Lippmann (1845–1921) France – Lippmann plate Integral imaging Lippmann electrometer.

Matthew Piers Watt Boulton (1820–1894) UK – aileron.

Ray Tomlinson (inv. 1971) USA – First inter-computer email.

Al-Dinawari (828–896) Persia/Iran – more than a hundred plant drugs.

Wilhelm Schlenk (1879–1943) Germany – Schlenk flask (chemistry).

Ivan Plotnikov (1902–1995) Russia – kirza leather.

J. Stuart Blackton (1875–1941) USA – stop-motion film.

Marvin Minsky (born 1927) USA – a.o. Confocal microscopy.

Arthur Wynne (1862–1945) UK – creator of crossword puzzle.


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The chief philosophical value of physics is that it gives the mind something distinct to lay hold of which if you don’t Nature at once tells you you are wrong. ~ James Clerk Maxwell 1831 to 1879

I see some parallels between the shifts of fashion in mathematics and in music. In music the popular new styles of jazz and rock became fashionable a little earlier than the new mathematical styles of chaos and complexity theory. Jazz and rock were long despised by classical musicians but have emerged as art-forms more accessible than classical music to a wide section of the public. Jazz and rock are no longer to be despised as passing fads. Neither are chaos and complexity theory. But still classical music and classical mathematics are not dead. Mozart lives and so does Euler. When the wheel of fashion turns once more quantum mechanics and hard analysis will once again be in style. ~ Freeman Dyson b. 1923 - Mathematician and Physicist

Physics is actually too hard for physicists. ~ David Hilbert 1862 to 1943 (Mathematician)

An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer. - Max Planck 1858 to 1947 Theoretical Physicist

Primates are visual animals above all and anatomical work in particular is as much pictorial as verbal. ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist

What is possible in the Cavendish Laboratory may not be too difficult in the sun. - Sir Arthur Eddington 1882 to 1944 Astronomer Physicist Mathematician

Although Nature needs thousands or millions of years to create a new species man needs only a few dozen years to destroy one. ~ Victor Scheffer 1906 to 2011 - Biologist


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