How far is a second?


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We are storytelling animals and cannot bear to acknowledge the ordinariness of our daily lives. - Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 Paleontologist

The legend that every cipher is breakable is of course absurd though still widespread among people who should know better. ~ J.E. Littlewood 1885 – 1977 - Mathematician


How far is a second?

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List of inventors!
List of inventors!

Juan de la Cierva (1895–1936) Spain – the autogyro.

Arthur Pitney (1871–1933) United States – postage meter.

Charles Cantor (born 1942) USA – Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (molecular biology).

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

George Washington Carver (c. 1864 – 1943) USA – agriculture.

Nikolai Lebedenko Russia – Tsar Tank the largest armored vehicle in history.

Hippolyte Pixii (1808–1835) France – Pixii dynamo.

Robert Goddard (1882–1945) USA – liquid fuel rocket.

David Brewster (1781–1868) United Kingdom – Kaleidoscope.

Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725–1804) France – first steam-powered road vehicle.

Josephine Cochrane (1839–1913) USA – dishwasher.

Friedrich Bergius (1884–1949) Germany – Bergius process (synthetic fuel from coal).

Nikolay Benardos (1842–1905) Russia – arc welding (specifically carbon arc welding the first arc welding method).

Yoshiyuki Sankai (c. 1957–) Japan – Robotic exoskeleton for motion support (medicine).

Hal Anger (1920–2005) USA – a.o. Well counter (radioactivity measurements) gamma camera.

Mordecai Meirowitz (born c. 1925) Roumania / Israel – Mastermind (board game).

Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) Italy – piano.

Samuel Morse (1791–1872) USA – telegraph early Morse code see also Morse Code controversy.

Jules Montenier (1895–1962) USA – modern anti-perspirant deodorant.

Petro Prokopovych (1775–1850) Ukraine/Russia – early beehive frame queen excluder and other beekeeping novelties.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

When you hear a physicist invoke the uncertainty principle keep a hand on your wallet. ~ David Griffiths b. 1942

Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality. - Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin 1843 to 1928 Geologist

In practical applications we are concerned only with comparatively small numbers; only stellar astronomy and atomic physics deal with ‘large’ numbers and they have very little more practical importance as yet than the most abstract pure mathematics. ~ G. H. Hardy 1877 – 1947 - Mathematician

Before the Copernican revolution it was natural to suppose that God’s purposes were specifically concerned with the earth but now this has become an unplausible hypothesis. If it is the purpose of the Cosmos to evolve mind we must regard it as rather incompetent in having produced so little in such a long time. ~ Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 - Mathematician and Philosopher

Everything that human beings or living animals do is done by protein molecules. And therefore the kind of proteins that one has and therefore the ability one has is determined by the genes that one has. ~ Har Gobind Khorana 1922 – 2011 - Molecular Biologist

This most beautiful system of the sun planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. And if the fixed stars are the centres of other like systems these being formed by the like wise counsel must be all subject to the dominion of One; especially since the light of the fixed stars is of the same nature with the light of the sun. ~ Isaac Newton 1642 to 1727

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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