Who Is The Most Important Of All Scientists?
Which of the scientists do you think has done the most for mankind? Whose discovery or contribution towards science would you declare has singular importance and bearing in our lives or has been a turning point?
Carl Sagan would be one of the top ones on my list. But really, there are so many great scientists that it would be hard to choose the very best. Maybe you could pick a particular science and find the top ones in each category.
Sure, I remember his program about space, serialized on TV. He knew a lot about the universe and the laws governing it. He knew much about what others had discovered but I guess he did not discover anything on his own. Anyways thanks for responding!
Sagan over Newton, Einstein, and Tesla. interesting.
It is, as Austinstar says, very difficult to judge between different sciences, and it's also difficult to judge between eras - some of the ancient Greeks had astonishingly far reaching ideas, but lacked the equipment to test them. And today scientists may be just as brilliant as any in history, but such is the complexity of science that it is difficult for an individual to make a stand-out discovery - great achievements today usually come through teams of specialists each playing their part. Perhaps the scientists of 150-300 years ago were the lucky ones; with the recent invention of telescopes and microscopes, and then the industrial revolution, it was possible for bright thinkers to make truly revelatory discoveries in one field, or else major contributions across many fields.
However, my 'favourites' are most probably Archimedes, Galileo, Huygens, Newton and my own personal hero - Charles Darwin. Also Isembard Kingdom Brunel, if one can describe him as a scientist rather than an engineer.
I'm glad you've asked this question quicksand, because the work of such people ashould be highlighted. I've written a page about one of these men - Huygens - and also a page about the great Egyptian polymath, Imhotep, and intend to write about many others, because too many of the greatest brains in history are too little understood or appreciated for what they achieved. Hopefully some more hubbers will answer your question - It would be nice to see further ideas on this, and the reasons which people give for their choice.
Thanks a lot Alun, for this great comment! My fave happens to be Sir Isaac Newton. Armed with only a telescope and a block of glass (prism) he figured out many things! In recent times scientists use sophisticated instruments to observe and infer!
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