20 August 2007

Top five dead scientists: list 'em

asks James Randerson of the Guardian. This follows on from comedian Robin Ince's list who (in fasionable reverse order) suggested Tycho Brahe, Aristotle, Galileo, Feynman ('not enough bongo playing physicists')and top of the list Carl Sagan, who is reported to have said, "to make an apple pie from scratch you must first create the universe".

There are really only four spaces on the list because as Mr Randerson says, anyone who omits Darwin from the list will be asked outside. Cup of tea and cake on the replica Beagle for Mr Randerson.


Michael Barton, FCD said...

Sagan's "apple pie" quote is from his book "Cosmos" (and said on the TV series I believe)on pg. 218.

nunatak said...

1. English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) for evolution by natural selection.

2. German theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) for special and general relativity, mass-energy equivalency (E=mc2) and the photoelectric effect.

3. Muslim polymath Ibn al-Haytham (965-1039) for inventing the scientific method.

4. Indian mathematician-astronomer Aryabhata (476-550) for heliocentrism.

5. English physicist Isaac Newton (1643-1727) for universal gravitation and the three laws of motion. Oh yeah, and calculus.

Richard Carter, FCD said...

My suggestions here.

No prizes for guessing numero uno. The rest are pretty obvious too, which probably says a lot.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that no one's including Norman Borlaug...