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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2012, 04:46:57 PM »
45 (tie)

Jane Goodall

29 points - 2 lists - Highest Position: 2 (Mrs. Dick Courier)

I really wish I had thought of Jane Goodall. Definitely would have included her if I had. I was wracking my brain trying to think of real female scientists that people would know, and I could only think of one.


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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2012, 04:54:47 PM »
Even though she wouldn't have made my list, I wish I had at least thought of her.



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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2012, 05:06:54 PM »
Forgot to send in a list for this one.  Oops.  Good choices so far.



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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2012, 08:13:42 PM »
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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2012, 07:41:07 AM »
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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2012, 07:41:33 AM »
43 (tie)


Bruce Banner

31 points - 3 lists - Highest Position: 7 (ScottotD)

Portrayed By: Mark Ruffalo (film), Ed Norton (film), Eric Bana (film),  Gabriel Mann (animated series), Michael Bell(animated series), Bill Bixby (television)

Short Biography

Bruce Banner is a fictional scientist in the Marvel Universe. As with most comic book geniuses, he is proficient in many areas of science, including physics, biology,computer science, mathematics, chemistry and engineering. Due to an accident with intense gamma radiation, he becomes the Incredible Hulk when provoked to anger.


Major Discoveries

Banner's greatest achievement is also the cause of his transformation, in that he designed the gamma ray bomb. He has also developed many interesting technologies since his accident, such as a force field generator and a teleporter. In an alternate Universe, Banner's transformation to the Hulk is caused by his attempt to re-create the serum that gave Captain America his powers.






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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2012, 07:41:53 AM »
43 (tie)


Adam Savage

31 points - 3 lists - Highest Position: 4 (ScottotD)

Short Biography

Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, and one of the presenters of MythBusters. As a teenager, Savage "realized you could take a bike apart and put it back together and it wasn't that hard...I've been building and putting bicycles together since then."


Major Discovery

Some of the myths that Adam has shown to be true include
 - weather balloon chair
 - breaking a glass with amplified voice
 - toilet seat cleanest part of house
 - a serviceable boat can be built from newspapers
 - a bridge can be built from duct tape

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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2012, 07:42:17 AM »
41 (tie)


Sam Beckett

33 points - 2 lists - Highest Position: 7 (Cole Stratton)

Portrayed By: Scott Bakula

Short Biography

Samuel Beckett is a fictional physicist on the television show Quantum Leap. He is portrayed as a super-genius with an IQ of 267. Beckett attended MIT, CalTech, Georgia Tech, and Florida Tech. He earned doctorates in quantum physics, medicine, music, archaeology, ancient languages, space sciences, and artificial intelligence. He has won a Nobel Prize in physics.


Major Discovery

Beckett's major discovery is the development of string theory (not the mathematical one based on eleven or twenty-six dimensional spacetime). This theory describes a person's life as a string, and that it could be possible to leap from one part of the string to another, effectively travelling through time. The leaping had the side effect of giving Sam partial amnesia.

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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2012, 07:42:31 AM »
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Bill Nye

33 points - 5 lists - Highest Position: 12 (Darth Geek)

Short Biography

Bill Nye is an American science educator, television host, and scientist. He was educated as a mechanical engineer, but turned to acting on Almost Live, a Seattle sketch show where he first displayed the Bill Nye the Science Guy persona. He the appeared on live-action segments of Back to the Future: The Animated Series, whose popularity led to Nye getting his own show, called Bill Nye the Science Guy. Since the end of the show, he has worked on further educational science shows The Eyes of Nye, 100 Greatest Discoveries, Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye, and The Climate Code. He regularly appears on news shows to comment on scientific news stories.


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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2012, 07:42:49 AM »
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Charles Babbage

34 points - 2 lists - Highest Position: 5 (CJones)

Short Biography

Charles Babbage was an English mathematician and engineer. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, but was frustrated by the available math courses. Along with John Herschel and others, he formed the Analytical Society to better study and promote Leibniz's version of calculus. As a student, Babbage was also a member of other societies such as the Ghost Club, concerned with investigating supernatural phenomena, and the Extractors Club, dedicated to liberating its members from the madhouse, should any be committed to one. He especially hated street music, and in particular the music of organ grinders, against whom he railed in various venues. The following quotation is typical: "It is difficult to estimate the misery inflicted upon thousands of persons, and the absolute pecuniary penalty imposed upon multitudes of intellectual workers by the loss of their time, destroyed by organ-grinders and other similar nuisances."


Major Discovery

In Babbage's time, numerical tables were calculated by humans who were called 'computers', meaning "one who computes", much as a conductor is "one who conducts". At Cambridge, he saw the high error-rate of this human-driven process and started his life's work of trying to calculate the tables mechanically. He began in 1822 with what he called the difference engine, made to compute values of polynomial functions. Unlike similar efforts of the time, Babbage's difference engine was created to calculate a series of values automatically. By using the method of finite differences, it was possible to avoid the need for multiplication and division. This first difference engine would have been composed of around 25,000 parts, weigh 13600 kg, and would have been 2.4 m tall.

Soon after the attempt at making the difference engine crumbled, Babbage started designing a different, more complex machine called the Analytical Engine. The engine is not a single physical machine but a succession of designs that he tinkered with until his death in 1871. The main difference between the two engines is that the Analytical Engine could be programmed using punched cards. He realised that programs could be put on these cards so the designer had only to create the program initially and then put the cards in the machine and let it run. The analytical engine would have used loops of Jacquard's punched cards to control a mechanical calculator, which could formulate results based on the results of preceding computations. This machine was also intended to employ several features subsequently used in modern computers, including sequential control, branching and looping and would have been the first mechanical device to be Turing-complete.


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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2012, 09:30:35 AM »
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Sam Beckett

GAH! How could I have forgotten about Sam Beckett?!
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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2012, 11:04:01 AM »
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Charles Babbage

34 points - 2 lists - Highest Position: 5 (CJones)

Interesting side note about Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine: There actually were programs written for it. Primarily By Ada Lovelace, after which the Ada programming language (designed, and still used, by the US DoD) is named. She's often referred to as the first computer programmer. I considered adding her, but felt that was a bit too obscure. Plus, since the machine was never actually built, none of her programs were ever run on it.

Incidentally, I spoke with a computer programmer at Redstone Arsenal last year, who is one of the many people trying to convert all the old Ada code into something more modern.  I asked him "Why in the world was all this stuff written in Ada in the first place, instead of, say Pascal?" His answer was basically "It seemed like a good idea at the time." The DoD wanted to have their own programming language that no one else used.


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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2012, 06:15:48 PM »
Ffffffuuuuuuu---- I forgot Sam Beckett! I thought why not add him then I thought wait a minute he's a writer then my brain said oh well then moved on... shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii--


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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2012, 07:18:44 PM »
I forgot Sam, but I don't think I would have included him, not because he isn't great, but more because there are certain characters who are scientists who I think of more as adventurers.  Sort of like how Tintin is a reporter but, come on, we never actually see him report on anything.  There's another one I expect to be high up that I love, but didn't put him/her on the list for the same reason.

Though I didn't pick him, I am glad to see him on the list.  Also probably the only transsexual on the list.  You know, occasionally.



I think this is when he leaped into Tim Curry on the Rocky Horror set.


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Re: LoC #64: Top 52 Scientists
« Reply #29 on: September 22, 2012, 11:09:25 PM »
I forgot Sam, but I don't think I would have included him, not because he isn't great, but more because there are certain characters who are scientists who I think of more as adventurers.  Sort of like how Tintin is a reporter but, come on, we never actually see him report on anything.  There's another one I expect to be high up that I love, but didn't put him/her on the list for the same reason.

Though I didn't pick him, I am glad to see him on the list.  Also probably the only transsexual on the list.  You know, occasionally.



I think this is when he leaped into Tim Curry on the Rocky Horror set.
Yeah... thanks for sharing that. Still though, being in drag had to be more comfortable for Scott Bakula than being on Enterprise.