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    Was Newton the greatest scientist who ever lived?



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    There is no doubt that Isaac Newton's name will come forward whenever such a discussion takes place yet it very much depends upon how one defines the term 'greatest'.

    For example, the name Albert Einstein is one of the most well known scientists of the 20th century by which some might also suggest makes him greater than Newton. These matters are highly subjective and there is no precise manner of determining an outcome although such questions do provide for interesting conversation.


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    ... ---> tycho brahe ---> kepler ---> isaac newton ---> ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubinero View Post
    Was Newton the greatest scientist who ever lived?
    Newton was the first person who showed that the universe could be comprehended using nothing more than mathematics and thought. This was the breakthrough that gave us our modern world.

    In addition, his theory of gravity still stands today as long as objects aren't going too fast. We sent men to the moon using Newtonian physics.

    He gets my vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy1 View Post
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    In addition, his theory of gravity still stands today as long as objects aren't going too fast.
    Incorrect, Newtonian gravity is not about speed. GR doesn't differentiate from Newtonian gravity based on speed.


    We sent men to the moon using Newtonian physics.
    Yet, GPS failed miserably when the relativistic corrections were removed (as a test).


    He gets my vote.
    Doesn't mean much.
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    They say that he had an IQ of 190, which is a 1 in 1,000,000,000 rarity and 99.9999999 percentile, with only about 100 people having such intelligence who ever existed.
    Out of all the scientists and mathematicians in the world, I would bet Leonard Euler came up with the most original stuff.
    Albert Einstein is the most famous scientist of all time, does anybody know why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xyzt View Post
    Doesn't mean much.
    Well, the thread posed a question and I gave my opinion. If my opinion doesn't mean much, is there someone else whose opinion would mean more? Do I owe you an apology for posting? For breathing? Perhaps you could put your remark into context for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy1 View Post
    Newton was the first person who showed that the universe could be comprehended using nothing more than mathematics and thought. This was the breakthrough that gave us our modern world.
    People have been using mathematics and thought to figure out the universe for thousands of years.
    Newton was a long way from being the first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubinero View Post
    Was Newton the greatest scientist who ever lived?
    I think there is no such thing as "the greatest scientist who ever lived"; rather, there is a group of people who had an exceptional influence on how we gained the understanding of the universe that we have today. Isaac Newton was most definitely part of that group, as was Einstein, Schroedinger, Hawking, Riemann and quite a few others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
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    Was Newton the greatest scientist who ever lived?
    I think there is no such thing as "the greatest scientist who ever lived"; rather, there is a group of people who had an exceptional influence on how we gained the understanding of the universe that we have today. Isaac Newton was most definitely part of that group, as was Einstein, Schroedinger, Hawking, Riemann and quite a few others.
    I'd ωαηт richard feynnman's name ahead of hawking in cases ℓιкє this.

    IMHO the list would start from Galileo,Newton,einstein,max planck,maxwell,heisenberg,schrodinger,feynnman,etc #
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    Although his experimental technique was likely questionable and his theoretical basis probably way off base I'd like to cast a vote for Ygrdch, the chap who figured out how to use fire. Or would you dismiss him as just another engineer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by merumario View Post

    I'd ωαηт richard feynnman's name ahead of hawking in cases ℓιкє this.

    IMHO the list would start from Galileo,Newton,einstein,max planck,maxwell,heisenberg,schrodinger,feynnman,etc #
    That's fine with me, I didn't mean to give a definitive list, I merely pulled a few names out of my sleeve
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    Where is Dirac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gere View Post
    Where is Dirac?
    He'd definitely be in that list too
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    A vote for Faraday here.

    See this for an idea of the scope of his contributions to a wide range of areas of physics and chemistry: Michael Faraday - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I'm very pleased to see the names of Maxwell and Dirac have come up, by the way.

    But seriously, it's futile trying to come up with a single greatest person - a bit like trying to say who was the greatest composer of classical music.
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    Gauss.
    There are no paradoxes in relativity, just people's misunderstandings of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy1 View Post
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    Doesn't mean much.
    Well, the thread posed a question and I gave my opinion. If my opinion doesn't mean much, is there someone else whose opinion would mean more? Do I owe you an apology for posting? For breathing? Perhaps you could put your remark into context for me.
    You also got your physics wrong. Twice, in one post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xyzt View Post
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    Doesn't mean much.
    Well, the thread posed a question and I gave my opinion. If my opinion doesn't mean much, is there someone else whose opinion would mean more? Do I owe you an apology for posting? For breathing? Perhaps you could put your remark into context for me.
    You also got your physics wrong. Twice, in one post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
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