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Topic: Favorite Scientist
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 26, 2011 09:59AM)
In resposne to [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=417628&forum=32&10]this[/url] thread, I thought I'd ask you. Regardless of actual contribution, who is your favorite scientist? Do any of them move you [i]as scientists[/i] (Just want to avoid the "she's hot" or "he's funny" diversions)

Newton.


John
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (May 26, 2011 10:28AM)
This is like a conversation with Sheldon on [i]Big Bang Theory[/i]!

Although Shelton would not agree with these two answers:
Sir Francis Galton
Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge
Message: Posted by: Woland (May 26, 2011 10:31AM)
Newton is my favorite alchemist, hands down. I think my favorite theoretical scientist is the Duc de Broglie. My favorite experimentalist would probably be Paul Ehrlich.
Message: Posted by: critter (May 26, 2011 10:31AM)
B.F. Skinner
Message: Posted by: HerbLarry (May 26, 2011 10:45AM)
Simon Bar Sinister
Message: Posted by: critter (May 26, 2011 10:48AM)
Sinister? There's a name out of left field! Get it?
Don't mind me, I don't think the anaesthesia has completely worn off yet.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (May 26, 2011 10:54AM)
[i]Gauss[/i].

Brilliant.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 26, 2011 11:01AM)
Descartes and/or Bayes. Call it cardplayer bias.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (May 26, 2011 11:11AM)
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On 2011-05-26 11:45, HerbLarry wrote:
Simon Bar Sinister
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I would have to counter with Isotope Feeney.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (May 26, 2011 11:24AM)
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On 2011-05-26 11:54, S2000magician wrote:
[i]Gauss[/i].

Brilliant.
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Well, next time you come to Germany, come to Göttingen and walk in his footsteps. I'll even buy you a beer after the tour.

I personally have to rely on popular accounts of what scientists think, so my "favorites" are those who I've read about in interesting books. I would suppose Einstein heads the list. I did have a significant number of pages on Newton in my doctoral dissertation, but that was only because of a single issue: chain of causality. But I had to rely (for the most part) on secondary sources. I'm poor at math. :(

What I'm most fascinated by is quantum theory, but again, I only read about it through others. Others who can understand the math. :)
Message: Posted by: jazzy snazzy (May 26, 2011 12:03PM)
[img]http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u203/jazzysnazzy_album/Beaker_muppet.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (May 26, 2011 12:11PM)
I love Beaker, that pic is one of my facebook profiles :)
Message: Posted by: landmark (May 26, 2011 12:22PM)
Newton.

But I thought Jeff or John were going to say Aristotle for sure. :)
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (May 26, 2011 12:24PM)
Well, I wanted to say Aristotle. But I sorta thought that John meant "modern" scientist. :lol:
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 26, 2011 12:59PM)
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On 2011-05-26 13:24, stoneunhinged wrote:
Well, I wanted to say Aristotle. But I sorta thought that John meant "modern" scientist. :lol:
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No. I seriously considered Archimedes as my favorite. Aristotle is a cool choice in my book.

John
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (May 26, 2011 11:13PM)
Galileo. For Earth.

Einstein. For The Universe. And the hair... ;)

Stephen Hawking. For the inspiration.

Dr. Emmet Brown. For 1.21 gigawatts! :P
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (May 26, 2011 11:59PM)
Professor Irwin Corey.
Message: Posted by: Chance (May 27, 2011 12:07AM)
Thomas Edison and George Washington Carver
Message: Posted by: Joey Stalin (May 27, 2011 01:33AM)
[img]http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2009/9/13/1252862811032/norman-borlaug-001.jpg[/img]

Norman Borlaug
Message: Posted by: irossall (May 27, 2011 08:36AM)
The above choices are all great.
If I had a favorite Scientist, it would be Steven Hawking.

I have to add a non-scientist to this list.
Ed Herbert aka: Mr. Wizard.

I compare Mr. Wizard to Mark Wilson. They both brought their world to the young minds of Children, demonstrating the awe and wonder of our World.
How many of those young viewer's were encouraged to take up Science as a vocation? How many young viewer's were inspired to go into Magic because of Mark Wilson?
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: landmark (May 27, 2011 11:46AM)
Have you ever heard Bob and Ray's spoofs on Mr. Wizard? They're priceless--when I get some time I'll scour YouTube.
Message: Posted by: kid iowa (May 27, 2011 01:16PM)
Tesla
Message: Posted by: irossall (May 27, 2011 01:50PM)
Love Bob & Ray. I'll take look myself.

Tesla is a great pick. Too bad the Government got hold of most of his paper's.
Nice that we are just starting to see some of his stuff becoming a reality today.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: Woland (May 27, 2011 02:20PM)
Love Tesla. Loved Mr. Wizard.
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (May 27, 2011 02:44PM)
One of my favorites is Ptolemy, because of the connections to Science, Magic, Music and Astronomy and Math.

Newton is also fun because of his Numerology type interests along side his Math and Science interests. The last Alchemist? You gotta love that.

You have to like Leonardo Da Vinci. (Because I have trouble finishing a project.)

Madam Currie braving a dangerous unknown frontier.

Mary Leaky willing to take a back seat. It's a choice some women make. (Not me.)

Jakob Bronowski, Carl Sagan, Brian Green for introducing me to subjects I didn't have the Science or Math background to approach and making them more tractable.

I don't have a favorite.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: critter (May 27, 2011 06:59PM)
Some favorite fictional scientists:
Gil Grissom
Bruce Banner
Artie from "Warehouse 13"
Message: Posted by: Woland (May 27, 2011 08:19PM)
Don't forget "Buckeroo" Banzai . . .
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 27, 2011 09:11PM)
Abby Sciutto.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (May 27, 2011 10:07PM)
[quote]On 2011-05-27 22:11, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Abby Sciutto.[/quote]
You already voted.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 27, 2011 10:09PM)
[quote]
On 2011-05-27 23:07, S2000magician wrote:
[quote]On 2011-05-27 22:11, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Abby Sciutto.[/quote]
You already voted.
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That was before fictional scientists were up for consideration.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (May 27, 2011 10:12PM)
[quote]On 2011-05-27 23:09, LobowolfXXX wrote:
[quote]On 2011-05-27 23:07, S2000magician wrote:
[quote]On 2011-05-27 22:11, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Abby Sciutto.[/quote]
You already voted.[/quote]
That was before fictional scientists were up for consideration.[/quote]
You like [i]Abby[/i] better than [i]René[/i] and [i]Tommy[/i]?
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (May 27, 2011 10:13PM)
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On 2011-05-27 14:16, kid iowa wrote:
Tesla
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Seconded.
Message: Posted by: gdw (May 27, 2011 10:19PM)
It's quite sad, imo, that Tesla's main namesake is a coil.
Message: Posted by: Woland (May 28, 2011 05:53AM)
I thought it was a hot sportscar.
Message: Posted by: critter (May 28, 2011 11:08AM)
I thought it was a terrible college band.
Message: Posted by: Woland (May 28, 2011 12:37PM)
A really clever one is the turbine.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 28, 2011 12:43PM)
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On 2011-05-27 23:13, ed rhodes wrote:
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On 2011-05-27 14:16, kid iowa wrote:
Tesla
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Seconded.
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Thirded!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a9DW_zhV84

:righton:
:heavymetal:
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (May 28, 2011 03:59PM)
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On 2011-05-27 22:11, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Abby Sciutto.
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Abby rocks. Like me, she prefers her caffeine cold and by the gallon.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 28, 2011 06:56PM)
[quote]
On 2011-05-28 16:59, Dreadnought wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-05-27 22:11, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Abby Sciutto.
[/quote]

Abby rocks. Like me, she prefers her caffeine cold and by the gallon.
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Same here. I've never had a cup of coffee, but I go through Coke Zero like nobody's business.
Message: Posted by: critter (May 28, 2011 07:53PM)
Is that the goth chick from Navy CSI?
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 28, 2011 08:37PM)
Navy CIS.