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Benjamin Franklin performed a beautiful experiment using surfactants; on a pond at Clapham Common he poured a small amount of oleic acid a natural surfactant which tends to form a dense film at the water-air interface. He measured the volume required to cover all the pond. Knowing the area he then knew the height of the film something like three nanometers in our current units. ~ Pierre-Gilles de Gennes 1932 to 2007

But though the professed aim of all scientific work is to unravel the secrets of nature it has another effect not less valuable on the mind of the worker. It leaves him in possession of methods which nothing but scientific work could have led him to invent. ~ James Clerk Maxwell 1831 to 1879


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List of inventors!

Hans Berger (1873–1941) Germany – first human EEG and its development.

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

Christian Schnabel (1878–1936) German – simplistic food cutleries.

Dean Kamen (born 1951) USA – Invented the Segway HT scooter and the IBOT Mobility Device.

Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890–1954) USA – FM radio.

Vasily Degtyaryov (1880–1949) Russia – first self-loading carbine Degtyaryov-series firearms co-developer of Fedorov Avtomat.

Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) USA – Polaroid polarizing filters and the Land Camera.

Marvin Camras (1916–1995) USA – magnetic recording.

Dennis Gabor (1900–1979) Hungarian-British – holography.

Charles Wheatstone (1802–1875) UK – a.o. concertina stereoscope microphone Playfair cipher pseudoscope dynamo.

Spede Pasanen (1930–2001) Finland – a.o. ski jumping sling boat ski.

Georgy Gause (1910–1986) Russia – gramicidin S neomycin lincomycin and other antibiotics.

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

Robert W. Gore (born 1937) United States – Gore-Tex.

Maurice Hilleman (1919–2005) – vaccines against childhood diseases.

Kalman Tihanyi (1897–1947) Hungary – co-inventor of cathode ray tube and iconoscope.

Georgy Beriev (1903–1979) Georgia/Russia – Be-series amphibious aircraft.

Eduard Locher (1840–1910) Switzerland – Locher rack railway system.

Victor Makeev (1924–1985) Russia – first submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Tadeus Reichstein (1897–1996) Poland/Switzerland – Reichstein process (industrial vitamin C synthesis).


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

Understanding the history of matter and searching for its most interesting forms such as galaxies stars planets and life seems a suitable use for our intelligence. - Robert Kirshner 1949 to present Astronomer

The literary convention that numbers less than 10 should be given in words is often highly unsuitable in mathematics… The excessive use of the word forms is regrettably spreading at the present time. ~ J.E. Littlewood 1885 – 1977 - Mathematician

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

On the principle of successive variations not always supervening at an early age and being inherited at a corresponding not early period of life we can clearly see why the embryos of mammals birds reptiles and fishes should be so closely alike and should be so unlike the adult forms. ~ Charles Darwin 1809 to 1882 - Naturalist Evolutionary Biologist

Geometry inasmuch as it is concerned with real space is no longer considered a part of pure mathematics; like mechanics and physics it belongs among the applications of mathematics. ~ Hermann Weyl 1885 to 1955 - Mathematician and Theoretical Physicist

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

Did the genome of our cave-dwelling predecessors contain a set or sets of genes which enable modern man to compose music of infinite complexity and write novels with profound meaning? …It looks as though the early Homo was already provided with the intellectual potential which was in great excess of what was needed to cope with the environment of his time.” - Susumu Ohno 1928 to 2000 Geneticist


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