Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scientists? Programmed droids is more like it.

Arrhenius remarked concerning those who developed the law of the indestructibility of energy: “It is very significant that not one of these men was a scientist by profession.”  A draper first saw bacteria under a microscope.  A Unitarian minister first isolated oxygen.  Mendel, a monastic school teacher, discovered the laws of heredity.  In mathematics, “analytical geometry was the independent invention to two men - Fermi, a lawyer; and Descartes, a philosopher - neither of whom was a professional mathematician.”

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