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Three scientists and a beer January 11, 2011

Posted by mareserinitatis in math, physics, science, Uncategorized.
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Dr. SkySkull has a post about the three scientists with whom you’d want to have a beer. (I know I’m a bit late, but I’m getting caught up!) Unfortunately, real beer is off the list, so it would have to be root beer.

Anyway, I have been pondering this for a while because it’s a pretty difficult decision.

So the answer is:

*drumroll*

Marie Curie: Sorry, but you have to be amazed by this woman. She’s the only person two win two Nobel prizes in the sciences and was still refused membership in the French Academy of Sciences. I wonder how she dealt with it.
Oliver Heaviside: The man was a genius. He taught himself everything, and then turned around and made huge advancements to the areas of electromagnetism, circuit theory, complex numbers, and differential equations. Where did he come up with his ideas? And poor guy, he really WAS poor. It seems unfair that someone with that much genius not be allowed to live as well as the people who have benefited from his work.
James Clerk Maxwell: One of the greatest physicists of all time. ‘Nuf said.

Okay…and a mathematician (sorry…but I’d really love to have a discussion with this woman!):

Emmy Noether: Not only was she an incredible mathematician (I came across her when I was taking a class on string theory), she was apparently a very caring and dedicated professor.

So who would you want to have a beer with?

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1. Chris Gammell - January 11, 2011

My friend was taking a magnetic materials class and was explaining all the work she did in that field. I never knew! I always just think “died of radiation”. Should science history be important to students…or should we just let them figure it out as they happen upon equations?

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mareserinitatis - January 12, 2011

I actually wish that more textbooks would incorporate the history into the text. One of my favorite textbooks actually included biographies and many footnotes describing several scientists and mathematicians. I actually find the ‘human’ aspect of science fascinating, so I wish more books would do this. Of course, if the book doesn’t, I wish the teachers would. 🙂

Something to keep in mind if I ever get there, I suppose.

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2. FrauTech - January 12, 2011

I once took a history of science class. But it was more like the science of science. Or the history of the science, not so much the history from a broader perspective of different people and different theories. I’d like to see a true history of science, whenever I hear a scientist’s name being used in some other field entirely I’m always surprised and wonder at some of those brilliant people who had such an effect on so many different fields.

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Fluxor - January 13, 2011

FrauTech, I think you’ll enjoy the TV series called Connections and its two sequels, Connections^2 and Connections^3. I highly recommend these and I believe it’s all on youtube.

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