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
Pure mathematics exist by themselves; no will produces them no power can limit them. They are eternal laws that no man can infringe and from which it is impossible to escape. ~ S. Sandaram Iyer 1883 - Philosopher
John Landis Mason (1826–1902) USA – Mason jars.
Reginald Fessenden (1866–1932) Canada – two-way radio.
Ivan Kulibin (1735–1818) Russia – egg-shaped clock candle searchlight elevator using screw mechanisms a self-rolling carriage featuring a flywheel brake gear box and bearing an early optical telegraph.
Hedy Lamarr (1913–2000) Austria and USA – Spread spectrum radio.
Alfred P. Southwick (1826 – 1898) USA - Electric chair.
Richard Hall Gower (1768–1833) UK – ship's hull and rigging.
Miriam Benjamin (1861–1947) Washington D.C. – Gong and signal chair (adopted by House of Representatives and precursor to flight attendant signal system).
Kees A. Schouhamer Immink (1946–) Netherlands – Major contributor to development of Compact Disc.
Robert Fulton (1765–1815) United States – first commercially successful steamboat first practical submarine.
John G. Kemeny (1926–1992) together with Thomas E. Kurtz (1928–) Hungary/USA – BASIC (programming language).
Andrey Geim (born 1958) Russia/United Kingdom – graphene.
Jabir ibn Aflah (Geber) (c. 1100–1150) Islamic Spain – portable celestial globe.
Teiji Takada Japan – Fire balloon.
Hugh Bradner (1915–2008) USA – Wetsuit.
Ernest Beaux (1881–1961) Russia/France – Chanel No. 5.
Spede Pasanen (1930–2001) Finland – a.o. ski jumping sling boat ski.
Earl W. Bascom (1906–1995) Canada/USA – side-delivery rodeo chute hornless rodeo saddle rodeo bareback rigging rodeo chaps.
Ruth R. Benerito (1916–2013) USA – a.o. Permanent press (no-iron clothing).
Alexander Parkes (1831–1890) UK – celluloid.
Robert Koch (1843–1910) Germany – method for culturing bacteria on solid media.
Science is the acceptance of what works and the rejection of what does not. That needs more courage than we might think. - Jacob Bronowski 1908 to 1974 Mathematician Biologist
If your experiment needs statistics you ought to have done a better experiment. - Ernest Rutherford 1871 to 1937 Physicist
With monads and diads and pentads and triads My brain has been addled completely; And what’s really meant by ‘something-valent ’ Is a question I give up discretely. ~ John Cargill Brough - 1834 to 1872
We were a polite society and I expected to lead a quiet life teaching mechanics and listening to my senior colleagues gently but obliquely poking fun at one another. This dream of somnolent peace vanished very quickly when (Ernest) Rutherford came to Cambridge. Rutherford was the only person I have met who immediately impressed me as a great man. He was a big man and made a big noise and he seemed to enjoy every minute of his life. I remember that when transatlantic broadcasting first came in Rutherford told us at a dinner in Hall how he had spoken into a microphone to America and had been heard all over the continent. One of the bolder of our Fellows said: “Surely you did not need to use apparatus for that.” ~ Geoffrey Fellows 1871 to 1937
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
A theory is a supposition which we hope to be true a hypothesis is a supposition which we expect to be useful; fictions belong to the realm of art; if made to intrude elsewhere they become either make-believes or mistakes. - George Johnstone Stoney 1826 to 1911 Physicist
In reality a theory in natural science cannot be without experimental foundations; physics in particular comes from experimental work. ~ Samuel C. C. Ting b. 1936
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