Who is your favorite?

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  1. Javadog

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    Who is your favorite Mathematician?

    Who is your favorite Physicist?

    ...just curious.

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    Newton by a long shot.
     
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    For physicist, Richard Feynman, I think. He applied the Principle of Least Action in some incredibly creative new ways, one of which earned him the Nobel Prize. He is an inspiration to us lazy people everywhere! :lol:
     
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    Surely you're joking Mr. Feynman!

    Great choice.

    I will choose a mathematician.

    This is very difficult.

    I will say Gauss. He was actually a visiting alien.

    His one fault was that he liked to reduce his conclusions to the
    simplest form, and in doing so he obscured how he did what he did.

    He even had a seal and motto: A fruit tree with one big piece of fruit
    with the motto "Few But Ripe". LOL.

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    James Clerk Maxwell.

    James Joule.
     
  6. Wonder Girl

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    Here is one of my favorites and she was both a French Mathematician as well as a Physicist.

    Emilie du Chatelet. (1706-1749)

    She led a pretty interesting life. She is most known for her translation of Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica. She had several works published which was rare for a woman at that time.

    " In 1737, Châtelet published a paper entitled Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu, based upon her research into the science of fire, that predicted what is today known as infrared radiation and the nature of light." -Wikipedia
     
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    He worked at a strip club as a bongo player, :lol:

    He was one cool ass guy if you ask me. I like what his work with hawking.

    If you guys haven't ever seen this you should watch it. It is really inspirational and brings a tear to my eye when I watch it once every couple years...

    :link:
    I made a thread for it but closed it. It could bring up religious debate which is not what it is intended for.
     
  8. Javadog

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    Classy choice.

    Emmy Noether is another significant female mathematician.

    Take care,

    JD

    P.S. Hey WG, I recommend that you make the Prof sit and watch this with you.
    I think that it has something for everyone.
     
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    Feynman is so refreshingly sober and mindful. I hear him talk and I don't feel like a crazy nut anymore. I heard a lot of my own types of logic coming out of his mouth. He is not afraid to admit to himself he does not know and he is lost. He is comfortable being in the dark. He loves the mystery of life. He does not try to hide from the unknown and jump to conclusions like many of his peers did/do :p

    Out of the physicists still alive I like is Nassim Haramein. He is not afraid to say what he thinks and he gets labelled a black sheep for it. Ironically many things he said in the 80's are now being put forward as new theories by the mainstream physicists. Ideas he was called crazy for are now at the fore front - yet he gets absolutely no credit. He doesn't mind though. Smoking his cannabis atop mountains and watching planets through the telescope and taking care of his family take his time up :p . Did you know it is possible to have 'orgasmic birth' ? That is instead of pain during child-birth the woman feels intense pleasure. He even shared the video. There are a bunch of people doing it this way before him but they get labelled nuts from the outset. Oh well if you think something is impossible then you will never be able to accomplish that thing.

    My favourite mathematecian is John Nash. Okay so his nobel prize was for economics but he counts right? Like many I heard about him through the film : a beautiful mind. It is amazing what he got the nobel prize for. He proved mathematically that cooperation is more productive to everyone involved as opposed to competition. That means that ever since then the whole of the economy, banking and business has been acting on complete folly ignoring the fact that they could all have so much more profit than they have now ! He basically proved that we should all live as one happy family working together. Many have known this intuitively but he managed to put it into math and get a nobel. When will the world pay attention to Mr.Nash's proof? I hope sooner than later.
     
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    I will try haha.
     
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    Shit JD I forgot about that movie. I haven't seen it since I was 17. I am DL'ing now...
     
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    Frustrated mathemagician here :( (50% credits to go)

    i would say in mathematics i love the Euler's work, u know the calculus is important but also another very brilliant works(this per examplethen people started to see math all together) of him impress me, also physicist.

    Nash, im kinda interested on game theory so yeah his work about this area makes me smile :)

    physics has so many good names i do not have a favorite one, maybe Gibbs or Poincare, Curie... tesla?.....

    Euler ftw! :p
     
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    Nikola Tesla
     
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    Don't get me started on Noether's theorem!
    :rofldrunk:
     
  15. Javadog

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    Those are excellent choices.

    At UCLA we had both portraits of famous mathematicians along the corridors
    as well as saying and phrases from and about them.

    Euler had this cool head gear, like some small animal had curled up and died
    on his head....I checked online...seems he had a way with hats:
    [​IMG]

    In all seriousness, he was fundamental to what we call mathematics today (ie. the "function" itself)

    Telsa was a freak of nature.

    Take care,

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    This? :ahhh:
     
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    Didn't find out until college that Euler was pronounced "Oiler." :doh:
     
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    I have to say Isaac Newton ftw, in the mathematician category.
    In physics I started out liking Stephen Hawking the most because he wrote A Brief history Of Time when I was in my early twenties and a new father. I was [just barely] able to grasp some of what he was writing about and that was enough to kick-start a small passion for physics that would continue for decades to come. Nowadays, I don't really have a favourite, but rather an evolving list of physicists depending on what my interests are. Lately it's been Dr. Bernard Haisch who has really piqued my interest with his book The God Theory, and associated interviews, etc. No one has ever come as close to my intrinsic beliefs as this man.
    I briefly liked Michio Kaku, until he got so mainstream. I prefer, or associate better with, those who aren't afraid of the fringe. In fact I think of it as a kind of prerequisite, considering how far out quantum theory is most of the time.
    Also, Erwin Schrödinger. I was never a cat person, but his thought experiment turned me on to super-positioning enough to make me look deeper into it. Funny how he devised this experiment to show how preposterous quantum theory really was. I doubt he knew the lasting impact it would have on society.
    Lastly, shout outs for Max Planck, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. All deceased, all brilliant.