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I'm leaving out philosophers because I'm wanting a more specific answer. If they're a philosopher/scientist, feel free to post them. It'd be interesting to see some of the more science devoted pit members thoughts.

Even if you haven't studied anything science related, I'm still interested in hearing your answers.


A few interesting ones for all of you, some more well known ones as well...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benoit_mandelbrot (Fractals)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Feigenbaum (Feigenbaum constant)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Bohr (Manhattan project/Bohr diagram)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla (Electromagnetism enthusiast )


Mind you, this isn't to belittle anyone for their successes in a realm outside of science, nor is it to brag; Don't get the wrong impression.

Discuss reasoning for liking them, why they may be your idol, how they influenced you, skepticism pertaining to said person.


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Gregor Mendel
Leonardo da Vinci
Nikola Tesla
Werner Von Braun
Robert Oppenheimer
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#9
Carl Sagan




Oh God...I've become one of THEM.

Seriously though, Tesla did some really cool shit that I wish we actually understood and Bohr for his groundwork in atomic theory and quantum mechanics.
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Carl Sagan




Oh God...I've become one of THEM.


Yes, keep heading left... good... good...

EDIT:

^Don't you mean Nim Chimpsky
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#12

for obvious reasons
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Noam Chomsky


Chomskers.


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lol nah.

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lol nah.

I'm a republican probably until I die. But thanks for the great weed, dirty hippies.


You say you'll always be a Republican, but one day you'll wake up, look in the mirror, and see....

A LIBERTARIAN!!!!!
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Steven Pinker


+1

'how the mind works' is a phenomenal read
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#22
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Wittgenstein

That man is the best philosopher I've ever known. His later work reads like poetry to me and was pretty bang on about how to approach philosophy.

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

This guy was pretty damn remarkable, one of the few people to have ever insulted Alexander the Great and lived. Moreover, he rejected Alexander's offering of anything he ever wanted. Actually I lie. The man who insisted on being homeless asked him to step out of the way of his sunlight. He also publicly humiliated Plato.

If you care for maths:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del

That guy proved that, apart from trivial ones, all axiomatic systems of mathematics are either incomplete or inconsistent.

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

Alan Turing was a man responsible for ending World War II early, but was never praised so in his lifetime. He committed suicide after being sentenced for his homosexuality. His efforts in working out how to cypher German messages (using a special machine) were kept secret even after the war.
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Now it's out of your hands, despite your demands.
Everyday you'll fear, of what's drawing near...
No matter how much you pout, you'll soon hear "May I check this out?"
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#25
Tesla and Kaku.
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#27
Carl Jung, if you count him as a scientist rather than a philosopher.
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#28
As cheesy as it sounds, my brother. He has a degree in mathematical science, but also has studied and majored in Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, and he has a minor in Economics. He did a lot of studying for those subjects (especially computer science) independently. Needless to say, he has a very well-rounded education, and has very interesting opinions on Science and Physics especially.

He also grew up moving around a lot, so at certain times in his life, he hung out with a lot of Jewish people and went to hebrew school, had white friends, Asian friends, Quantum Physicist friends, ghetto friends, Nigerian, etc. so he's very smart, socially too. A lot of times really academic people can be very awkward socially, depending on the environments.

So I really like talking to him a lot about Science. He's a determinist who is more into Digital Physics, and doesn't agree with Quantum Physics too much.
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^ Is he still studying? or is onto bigger, better things?


If some of you would like, feel free to post videos. (TED videos get extra points)


Yes yes, Tesla was great.

To be fair, I really enjoy reading about him.


I keep hearing more and more of Michio's name once string theory and multiverses became bigger in the 2000s.


Carl Sagan was a brilliant mind who could popularize science in a way most scientists couldn't even dream of doing (Except for Clifford Stoll). He made it more accessible to the people...Also helped bring an end to the Cold War.


Steven Pinker sounds like a wonderful mind, think I'll be picking up How the Mind Works.


Feynmann, I really do love the man. Was watching this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBEMvE_7meo&NR=1

whilst I made the thread. Well, rather listening.


Hadn't heard of Diogenes before, but in his day, cynicism was a rarity to his extent. Now it's regarded as crazy, oh how the times have changed. For the worse if you ask me. He really had a great mindset, and on top of that, was willing to live the way he did to prove a point.


I've read a bit about the Bourbaki, haha...A bunch of math elitists who would take pride in being able to separate math from everything, so it only applied within mathematics?

A little improperly worded on my end though.
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Darwin
Rosalind Franklin
Gregor Mendel
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#33
Einstein.

Cliche, but true. Just sucked that he completely rejected the idea of quantum mechanics. He could have done so much more.
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^ Is he still studying? or is onto bigger, better things?
Sort of both. He's fallen back a bit because he had a good job with computers but had to leave because some shit that happened that I shouldn't go into (not really my place to talk about it). But he's sort of in a perpetual mode of study involving computers.
#37
Einstein for relativity.
Maxwell for electromagnetism.
Tesla for being fucking cool/crazy (I quoted him in my grad yearbook).

Science popularizers like Kaku and Greene are also interesting.
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Sort of both. He's fallen back a bit because he had a good job with computers but had to leave because some shit that happened that I shouldn't go into (not really my place to talk about it). But he's sort of in a perpetual mode of study involving computers.


Shame that is, I wish him the best of luck. He sounds like a very smart and dedicated man.
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