People Who Inspired Me
Science, Technology and Curiosity
I was interested in science, electrical engineering and computers in particular since my childhood. I wanted to know how things work, who discovered them and what are the fundamental laws of our world. Because of my curiosity I was regular customer in the library. I read all books about mathematics, electronics, computers, space, inventions, and science in general. I was also very interested in mathematics and physics so I had no problem in understanding complex calculations.
In the 1990s internet and web changed everything. It was much easier to get information about anything. I continued with reading and instead of going to library I started purchasing books online. My interest focused on programming, embedded systems and quantum physics. During all those years of reading and exploration some people have directly or indirectly influenced or inspired my life with their discoveries, products or just by the way of thinking.
As mathematics was and still is my hobby I read many books dealing with various braches of mathematics including calculus. Calculus is still one of my favorite parts of mathematics--a combination of powerful symbols, elegance and simplicity. While Gottfried Leibniz is also credited for developing calculus independently of Isaac Newton, the later has significantly contributed to the physics, in particular with the laws of motion and gravitation.
Euler is another mathematician who showed the beauty of mathematics with his famous power series and other smart tricks.
Euler is also the author of the most remarkable formula in mathematics:
James Clerk Maxwell
His famous equations are another proof of mathematical elegance and simplicity of electromagnetism.
Nikola Tesla was a genius who invented many important systems and obtained around 300 patents worldwide. He also demonstrated wireless communication back in 1893.
His theory of general relativity is definitely one of the major achievements in physics and understanding of the space and time. The theory is another application of elegant mathematical equations.
Einstein also showed the relation between matter and energy:
Heisenberg was a theoretical physicist who made important contributions to quantum physics. The uncertainty principle is definitely one of the most important properties that define quantum world.
Richard Feynman is one of the great scientists that not only significantly contributed to the development in many fields, but he was also able to explain complex things with simple words.
Richard Feynman developed in 1948 the complete method of the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics-a description of quantum theory which generalizes the action principle of classical mechanics.
His books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think? are definitely worth reading even if you are not interested in physics. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is probably the first Feynman book you should read, and it is indeed a book that anyone interested in practical science with a touch of good humour MUST read.
Sir Clive Sinclair
Sir Clive Sinclair among many other things invented ZX Spectrum which was my first computer.
With ZX Spectrum I had the opportunity to write and test my own programs. I started programming in Basic and soon discovered the art of assembly language. Working with the Z80A microprocessor which was the heart of the ZX Spectrum was a great fun.
Wirth created the Pascal programming language which I still like today. I use it wherever possible. It is simple to write and simple to read. I use also other programming languages depending on the project but Pascal is my favorite way of programming. Pascal was named in honor of the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal.
Pascal programming is tightly connected with Turbo Pascal compiler created by Anders Hejlsberg. Because of many advantages of the Turbo Pascal compiler and IDE, Pascal was very popular in 1980s and 1990s. Turbo Pascal later evolved into Delphi which I still use today.
He is another great theoretical physicist that wrote many popular books. He is also famous for the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, today known as Hawking radiation.
Sir Roger Penrose
He is a little less known English mathematical physicist who worked also with Stephen Hawking. I like very much his book The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe.
If Albert Einstein were alive, he would have a copy of The Road to Reality on his bookshelf. So would Isaac Newton. This may be the most complete mathematical explanation of the universe yet published, and Roger Penrose richly deserves the accolades he will receive for it. That said, let me be perfectly clear: this is not an easy book to read. The number of people in the world who can understand everything in it could probably take a taxi together to Penrose's next lecture. Still, math-friendly readers looking for a substantial and possibly even thrillingly difficult intellectual experience should pick up a copy (carefully--it's over a thousand pages long and weighs nearly 2 kg) and start at the beginning, where Penrose sets out his purpose: to describe "the search for the underlying principles that govern the behavior of our universe."
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Web and Google play an important role in my work and life. Web would not be so useful without Google web search engine. Larry and Sergey founded a company that now provides many essential tools for free and still makes a lot of money.
"Don't be evil" is the informal corporate motto (or slogan) of Google.