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  • Stephen Hawking

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  • Albert Einstein

    2 18.18%
  • Isaac Newton

    9 81.82%
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Thread: Big Bang and Time Travel

  1. #1 Big Bang and Time Travel 
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    Is man doing the right thing in seeking for a Grand Unified Theory ? Is he on the right path ? Or, does the GUT exist at all ? Perhaps all the matter that exists are a result of universal chaos since time began...


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    If you develop a GUT then you basically have the Math to predict 'everything'. In that case you could predict the future, right?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chucky
    If you develop a GUT then you basically have the Math to predict 'everything'. In that case you could predict the future, right?
    no.
    the universe is not deturministic.

    apparently god does play dice.
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    Hawking, while brilliant, doesn't deserve to be in the same grouping as Newton or Einstein, in terms of impact on the field. I would've chosen James Clerk Maxwell as the third for the grouping (and then perhaps Shroedinger or Bohr).

    Einstein did:
    capillary forces
    brownian motion
    Einstein-Simha equation: viscosity of suspensions
    Stoke-Einstein equations of light scattering
    special relativity
    general relativity
    photoelectric effect
    critical opalescence
    Bose-Einstein condensate

    All of these discoveries, taken separately, could merit a Nobel.

    Newton did:
    Universal gravitation
    three laws of motion
    Principia (which set new standards on scientific exposition)
    generalized binomial theorem
    calculus (Leibniz independently discovered too)
    Newton-Raphston method
    wave theory of light, plus corpuscular theory of light
    diffraction of light
    concept of the gold standard (economics)

    Hawking did:
    mini Black Holes
    Black Hole thermodynamics and information theory
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    Alexander Fleming is my favorite. He discovered penicilline. he saved millions of lives, and his invention still saves lives...

    :-D

    Edward Jenner isn't bad either, he was the inventor of the vaccine of small pox.
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    I chose Newton firstly because he developed the first set of equations that were to be the birth of Physics. Secondly, subsequent scientists used his work as starting points for their reasearch. Finally, he did his work in a time when equipment would have been poor in quality.
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