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Who is your greatest scientist of all time?

  1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
    GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago

    For me its Isaac Newton, the father of Physics is considered the best scientist ever by many. He formulated the 3 Newton's Laws of Motion and Newton's Law of Gravitation to name a few.

    1. apeksha profile image61
      apekshaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Rodolph Diesel, he had invented diesel engine so he is my favorite..

      1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
        GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        diesel plays an important role in the early 20th century specially in the use of trains where it was a major source of transportation that helped the economies of european bloc and United States and even Canada. Cheap diesel replaced the steam engine.

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          GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this
  2. usmanali81 profile image60
    usmanali81posted 7 years ago

    Edwin Hubble-Noble Prize Winner. He discovered certain scientific facts in the previous century which brought science in accordance with Qur'an. For instance

    Regarding the nature of the universe:

    Edwin Hubble, provided observational evidence that all galaxies are moving away from one another, which implies that the universe is expanding. The expansion of the universe is now an established scientific fact.

    “With power and skill did We construct the Firmament: For it is We Who create the vastness of Space.” Qur’an Ch51:V47

    Regarding the origin of the universe:

    According to “The Big Bang”, the whole universe was initially one big mass (Primary Nebula). Then there was a BIG BANG (Secondary Separation) which resulted in the formation of Galaxies. These then divided to form stars, planets, the sun, the moon, etc. The origin of the universe was unique and the probability of it happening by “chance” is nill.

    “Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of Creation), before We clove them asunder?” Qur’an Ch 21:V30

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this
  3. Paraglider profile image88
    Paragliderposted 7 years ago

    Newton certainly was number one for a very long time. But in our modern era, Einstein gets my vote.

  4. Sufidreamer profile image81
    Sufidreamerposted 7 years ago

    Aristotle was the founder of science, but I always liked Ibn al-Haytham.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Optics

    Apart from the book of optics, he is often regarded as the founder of the modern scientific method.

    In the modern era, I would have to say the great Carl Sagan. A good scientist and philosopher, he was one of the pioneers of making science interesting and understandable. Even Asimov was in awe of Sagan smile

  5. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 7 years ago

    Gregor Mendal. He founded the science of genetics with nothing more than a vegetable patch in his Augustinian monastery and 2 varieties of pea.

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmmn, let me think i think this discovery is a breakthrough in humanity nyahahaha...

  6. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
    GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago

    Wow different point of views. Thank you guys for posting. Einstein couldve been the greatest modern scientist, his theory of relativity, quantum theory is truly brilliant, my old choice could've been Newton, for I love physics and i even teach this subject in college wakikik...

  7. Sufidreamer profile image81
    Sufidreamerposted 7 years ago

    That's a good shout, Will. smile

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      Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Werner Heisenberg would be my choice, though he's maybe not the greatest. He formulated the Heisenberg uncertainty principle which states, in quantum physics, that you can know the position of a particle (electron) or it's speed, but you cannot know both at the same time. It alludes to the idea that the act of observation makes the data subjective.

      1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
        GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        getting to know the speed of microscopic particle like electron is very difficult and takes lots of time and complex computations to do that, i guess you have point eventhough this discovery subjective.

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          Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          What are you talking about? I don't understand. This is a long established process and is not subjective.

          1. Misha profile image75
            Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            LOL He either has language difficulties, or just has no idea of what you were talking about. smile But then this was more or less clear from the question itself smile

            1. onthewriteside profile image61
              onthewritesideposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              General,

              What they are saying is that sub-atomic particles can only be "viewed" as being where they are in the instant that the "viewing" occurred.  If they are "viewed" at another instant, they will "appear" to be somewhere else.  So you can never definitely say for certain where any particle is always going to be based solely on observation.  Hence...the subjectivity...

              1. mohitmisra profile image61
                mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Uncertainty Principal, the  observation distorts the object being observed.

                1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
                  GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  thanks hehehe well said

                2. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
                  GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  no idont have language difficulties i used to write as an sports editor in my alma mater in college... hmmn im just a bit lost with that subjectivity thanks onthewriteside for the help i really appreciate that...

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                  Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Thank you for saying what I couldn't properly communicate.

          2. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
            GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this



            okies

  8. paul_gibsons profile image60
    paul_gibsonsposted 7 years ago

    for me there is absolutely no question who is the greatest scientist of all time and there can only be one answer...

    the truly great scientist has to have a breadth and depth of vision, interest and be a dreamer.. and yet pay meticulous attention to detail, have an inquisitive mind, be capable of considering things off the beaten path. Above all though he or she has to be a communicator

    I used to have two candidates for the title of "greatest scientist" but after long thinking rejected Darwin. Not because he was "right" or "wrong", that is in the nature of science; although he came close he fell short in "communication" outside his peer group; that was done for him by others

    the answer has to be who has long been my first choice as greatest scientist, engineer AND artist: Leonardo da Vinci

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well said paul, you have a very captivating finesse and creativity in writing, I hope I can write and think with so much depth and breadth like you. Yeah, Leonardo Da Vinci is a good pick, he's versatility as an artist and scientist is at par with the best. I always think of Mona Lisa, everytime I hear the name Leonardo. Thanks for posting.

  9. James S. Thornton profile image60
    James S. Thorntonposted 7 years ago

    I like Einstein. He is the one that came up with relativity theory. The theory that describes accurately how big mass in the Universe works.

    He tried coming up with the theory of everything on his deathbed, but couldn't make it.

    These days, string theory offers a tantalizing theory of everything.

    String theory has recently been used to explain an observed (and as of yet unexplained) phenomenon.

    This lends string theory great credibility.

  10. fierycj profile image85
    fierycjposted 7 years ago

    George Lucas. All that stuff he created in Star Wars. Forgetaboutit!

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hehehe two thumbs up to your choice wakikik...

  11. Davinagirl3 profile image61
    Davinagirl3posted 7 years ago

    It is hard to pick one, since there are so many fields of science, but I have to throw Alexander Fleming in here. Penicillin is a pretty important discovery.

  12. Beth100 profile image84
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    Sir Walter Norman Haworth who won the Nobel Prize for discovery of insulin and his work on sugars.

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for posting, diabetes is now one of the most dreaded and killer ailments. Insulin was indeed a breakthrough.

      I'll be counting your votes in the days ahead, keep pouring in your choice.

  13. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 7 years ago

    Galen made some incredible discoveries for medical science.

    He also got a few things wrong too. But given that he didn't have a microscope or anything really, he did remarkably well.

    1. Colebabie profile image60
      Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I second that smile

  14. Beth100 profile image84
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    Stephen Hawkins is another great scientist.  He's has the ability to challenge the past, look to the future and motivate us to rethink outside of the box.

    1. White Teeth profile image61
      White Teethposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Not really...He is famous for being in a wheelchair. Unless you are a Phd candidate, any thing you have read by Hawking is poorly explained.

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    J-Maeposted 7 years ago

    Bill Nye the Science Guy...oh wait he was an engineer...

    Albert Enstein... ( ok to lazy to check spelling ) LOL

  16. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
    GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago

    Very well said, darkside, despite the handicap he still pull through, Galen still was remarkable.

    If i'm correct, Beth100 Hawkins was associated with Einstein someway or the other, Hawkins was with his wheelchair few years ago though.

    That was funny J-mae, wakikik, albert einstein is his full name.

    Thanks for the time in posting.

  17. White Teeth profile image61
    White Teethposted 7 years ago

    Einstein, while working as a patent clerk in 1905, published at least 3 papers in 1905 that could have earned him a Nobel prize - Brownian motion (whammy), special relativity (double whammy), and photo-electric effect (no whammy).

    Einstein is one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, but by the 1950's he was the "old sod" that tried to keep the "young turks" honest. It is amazing how often his name comes up even now (EPR paradox, Bose Einstein condensate, etc...)

    1. PatriciaTidmore profile image60
      PatriciaTidmoreposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes.No Doubt Albert Einsein!

  18. Onusonus profile image87
    Onusonusposted 7 years ago

    Dr. Frankenstein.

    1. JonTutor profile image61
      JonTutorposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You're joking right.... IMO Einstein was up there.

      1. Onusonus profile image87
        Onusonusposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'm talking about the reanimation of dead human tissue! IT...JUST....MIGHT..WORK!

  19. Greek One profile image76
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    1) Aristotle
    2) Leonardo da Vinci
    3) Edison

  20. andromida profile image75
    andromidaposted 7 years ago

    Einstein
    Stephen Hawking
    Newton

    1. White Teeth profile image61
      White Teethposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I don't get the whole Stephen Hawking thing. What exactly has he done?

      He wrote a best selling book (that nobody understood, not even physics professors because he explained things so poorly),and he had an "affair" with his nurse (while barely able to move a muscle).

  21. Raven King profile image60
    Raven Kingposted 7 years ago

    Nicola Tesla.
    Why? His work was ahead of his time for example powering your cellphone without connecting it. YES! Of course Tesla had plans for larger scale wireless charging patent.
    Is that awesome or what?

  22. fierycj profile image85
    fierycjposted 7 years ago

    So everybody just keeps mentioning these great popular scientists...but George Lucas, really. Think about it.

    1. Colebabie profile image60
      Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Scientologist.

      But didn't know he was a scientist.

  23. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Me smile

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      hi misha, your thumbsdown winner of this survey hehehe no doubt about that.smile

      1. usmanali81 profile image60
        usmanali81posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        may be he has done some research on the rectums of the foolish supporters of same sex marriage lol lol lol

        1. JonTutor profile image61
          JonTutorposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          you're not only freemason/zionist phobic but homophobic too.... maybe except Islam everything else phobic lol

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    Ghost32posted 7 years ago

    Nikola Tesla without a doubt.  And not just from the widely known stuff anyone can turn up about him via Google, either.  The dude had a LOT of inventions that never saw the light of day because there was just too much fear and loathing being thrown at him.  I've just GOTTA throw my vote to a guy that can walk around with a gizmo capable of causing earthquakes yet so small he could stick it in his pocket.

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Nikola Tesla is indeed a prolific scientist and specializes on magnetism, he is known for his photographic memory, being an electrical engineer, a croat, and believed by many as the first one who created the loudspeaker which is a transducer device.

    2. Paraglider profile image88
      Paragliderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I know about Tesla, but please tell me about his earthquake machine?

      1. JonTutor profile image61
        JonTutorposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Earthquake machine??... now I gotta research this.

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      Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol He was my second choice. He came up with (or discovered) a form of electricity that enabled a person to handle the wires with their bare hands and not be electrocuted. At the time, it was a question of which form we would use, Tesla's very safe method, or the one we actually use now. One reason we use the one we have now is because it must be generated by a power plant. With Tesla's version, you could plug into the ground.

      Maybe the fact that JP Morgan was one of his backers had something to do with that decision. . .

  25. soni2006 profile image46
    soni2006posted 7 years ago

    Nikola Tesla. I will publish something on him.

  26. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
    GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago
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    Ghost32posted 7 years ago

    For anyone who wants to research Nikola Tesla's "earthquake machine", a Google search on "Tesla oscillator" does the trick.

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for sharing good ol' man, you're my idol you have cool hubs to boot.

  28. Susana S profile image90
    Susana Sposted 7 years ago

    For the 20th Century I'm most in awe of Einstein, Max Planck and Tesla. It's a shame Tesla's inventions were supressed - we could all be enjoying free energy by now.

    21st century physicists that are on the cutting edge are Edward Witten, Brian Cox and Michio Kaku. When it comes to thinking about teleportation, time travel, interstellar travel and quantum entanglement they are out there.

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm counting all your votes Susana hehehe.

      What are these inventions of Nikola which were suppressed, hehehe?

      Greed may have been the culprit, because his inventions might affect the global economy and will surely cripple some companies during his time. Same scenario happened to one of our inventor here in the Philippines, this Filipino (I already forgot his name but his breakthrough was already aired  in local television here) have created fuel from cocktails of organic materials (water is the main ingredient in this fuel). This could've cut our oil imports and could've help our economy. Now the rights/patents of his discovery was bought by some Japanese inventors.

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        GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this
  29. VioletSun profile image68
    VioletSunposted 7 years ago

    Einstein gets a thumbs up from me. Besides being a great scientist he also was a philosophical thinker.

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah he is. But I think his discovery of the E=mc^2 also paved the way for the inventions of hydrogen bomb and nuclear weapon. Still, Einstein could give any scientists a run for their money hehehe, and will be considered as the greatest by many because of his breakthroughs and discoveries.

      I have this short story about Albert Einstein when he was an elementary grader. His teacher would tell Einstein's as having no future ahead of him because at that time Einstein reads not the normal way, he read from right to left, instead of the normal left to right. Lo and behold, time have had rebuked Einstein's teacher, for he was a genuine genius and gave humanity concrete answers to many questions that was left answered by some scientists ahead of him...

  30. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
    GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago
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    einstein arunposted 7 years ago

    Einstein is my choice,i think his imaginations of time and space is truly brilliant.I would treat his name as a meaning of imagination.I really wondered about his time dilation.For me,Einstein will be the greatest scientist ever and no one can occupy this position.

  32. Earthscribe profile image81
    Earthscribeposted 7 years ago

    So many great ones, hard to choose one for all time! I am indebted to these for different reasons:

    Pythagoras
    Hermes Trismegistus
    Aryabhata
    Hypatia of Alexandria
    Sir John Dee
    Copernicus
    Ben Franklin
    To Mega Therion
    Margaret Mead
    Nikola Tesla
    Annie Jump Cannon
    Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming
    Dian Fossey
    Jane Goodall
    Albert Einstein
    Niels Bohr

    ...and a contemporaris,
    Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin
    Dr. Michio Kaku
    Dr. Stephen Hawking

  33. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
    GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago

    @earthscribe >>> you have many nice picks there... yhanks for dropping by... tc

    @ einstein arun >>> yeah eintein is perhaps the greatest scientist, although my fave is newton...

 
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