Anyone of a number of people:Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
Traditionally: Hans Lippershey
In popular belief: Galileo
Reflecting Telescope: Newton
Possibly Francis Bacon or some other Elizabethan
Newton most appreciated the solution to the "tangent problem" which was solved by Fermat. The others you mentioned where other people he referred to but not the giant par excellence.Originally Posted by CaptainBlank
Cannot have been Leibniz for he lived during his time andNewton disliked him. It would have been nice if Newton and Leibniz worked together instead of hating eachother.
I was speaking of the initial telescope which you said was correct, by Hans in 1609. As I said it was a trick question because most people believe it was Galileo in 1610. All Galileo did was perfect the telescope for star gazing. Good job on that one.Originally Posted by CaptainBlank
I do. Is it a United Kingdomish thing to say 'Leonardo of Pisa'?Originally Posted by CaptainBlank
The six I was thinking were,Originally Posted by TheSmartestManInHistory
Planck, Bohr, Born, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Pauli
How can you miss, Planck? That should be the first name to automatically think of. Furthermore, Einstein had nothing to do with Quantum theory. Also, not sure if Dirac had something to do with it either.
Here is a funnier question:
"Name at least 1 non-German who developed quantum theory (classical)?"
I thought of an interesting question. Note that Galileo is for some reason referred to usually by his first name. Name another person from math or science who is referred to usually by his first name.
Not me, BoltzmannOriginally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
Einstein proposed the quantisation of EM radiation in his 1905 paper onFurthermore, Einstein had nothing to do with Quantum theory. Also, not sure if Dirac had something to do with it either.
the Photo-Electric effect. I seem to recall that he got a Nobel prize for
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
-- Isaac Newton
In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
-- Gerald Holton
If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
-- Hal Abelson
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes.
-- Richard Hamming
It has been said that physicists stand on one another's shoulders. If this is the case, then programmers stand on one another's toes, and software engineers dig each other's graves.