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His studies of heat transfer between solids and fluids brought improvements in boiler and condenser design.
Jean Dieudonné called him 'the last of the great mathematicians'
First effective polio vaccine
Electromagnetic Induction
Detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as x-rays
First heliocentric model of the solar system
Invented the microscope
His limit describes the maximum mass of a white dwarf star.
The idea is that the local motion of a rotating reference frame is determined by the large scale distribution of matter
Uncertainty Principle
She is well-known for her 45-year study of chimpanzee social and family interactions in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania
Developed chemical thermodynamics; introduced concepts of free energy and chemical potential
Founded analytic geometry, the bridge between algebra and geometry.
In physics her theorem explains the fundamental connection between symmetry and conservation laws
Dutch computer researcher who published on eavesdropping on the contents of a CRT and LCD display.
Figurehead of the new science of genetics for his study of the inheritance of certain traits in pea plants
In 1967 invented the twistor theory which maps geometric objects in Minkowski space into the 4-dimensional complex space with the metric signature (2,2).
first version of the law of conservation of mass
Approximated functions with series.
Creation of a theory of radioactivity
Contributed to theoretical nuclear physics, especially concerning the mechanism for energy production in stars.
'No physical theory of local hidden variables can ever reproduce all of the predictions of quantum mechanics.'
Invented a form of symbolic logic in which 'true' or 'false' are the only two greatest possible values
Navier-_______ Equation for fluid dynamics
Most widely known for observing that electric currents induce magnetic fields. He shaped post-Kantian philosophy and advances in science throughout the late 19th century.
He derived the transformation equations subsequently used by Albert Einstein to describe space and time.
Best known as the father of fractal geometry
Discovered argon; explained how light scattering is responsible for red color of sunset and blue color of sky
Her most noteworthy work is that on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA.
Accurately measured speed of light; invented the gyroscope; demonstrated the Earth's rotation
Credited with the law of refraction
Author of the astronomical treatise now known as the Almagest
He gave the earliest public lecture on the principles behind the laser and the maser and developed the first gravitational wave detectors
Devised an interferometer and used it to try to measure Earth's absolute motion
Influential German mathematician who made lasting contributions to analysis and differential geometry, some of them enabling the later development of general relativity.
Credited with the most accurate astronomical observations of his time. Work used by his contemporary, Kepler
Explained wavelength distribution of blackbody radiation
Founding contributions in the fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics
Exclusion Principle
Developed second law of thermodynamics, a statement that the entropy of the Universe always increases.
Invented infinitesimal calculus independently of Newton
Proved the stability of the solar system. He also put the theory of mathematical probability on a sound footing.
Discovered radio waves and the photoelectric effect
Model of the atom
Controlled, liquid-fueled rocketry
Matter waves
Harmonic law of planetary motion
Credited with double helix structure of DNA
He is best known for his work on theory of stochastic processes.
Discovered a relationship between trigonometric functions and complex exponentials.
The American scientist who discovered electromagnetic induction independently of and at about the same time as Michael Faraday
Best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project
Law of Universal Gravitation
Described a convenient tabular presentation for binomial coefficients
His Kitab al-Jabr wa-l-Muqabala presented the first systematic solution of linear and quadratic equations. He is considered the founder of algebra
Mathematical basis for computer
Preeminent rocket engineer of the 20th century
His contributions include the discovery of the cell nucleus and cytoplasmic streaming.
Best known as the creator of set theory
4 Equations of electromagnetism
Developed empirical formula to describe hydrogen spectrum
Particularly remembered for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor. A type of particle is named after him.
Discovered natural radioactivity
Demonstrated existence of the electron
Formulated the general theory of elasticity in a mathematically usable form (1821)
In 1974, he calculated that black holes should thermally create and emit subatomic particles
Discovered splitting of spectral lines in a strong magnetic field
widely known for developing the basis of Absolute Zero
Improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution
His work included early telescopic studies elucidating the nature of the rings of Saturn and the discovery of its moon Titan, the invention of the pendulum clock and other investig
He is credited with designing innovative machines, including siege engines and the screw pump that bears his name.
His law relates the distribution of electric charge to the resulting electric field.
Patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor
French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. He was also co-editor with Denis Diderot of the Encyclopédie.
He conducted an expedition to observe the Solar eclipse of 29 May 1919 that provided one of the earliest confirmations of relativity.
Founded qualitative dynamics (the mathematical theory of dynamical systems); created topology; contributed to solution of the three-body problem
Principle states that for an inviscid flow, an increase in the speed of the fluid occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure or a decrease in the fluid's potential energy
Discovery of penicillin launched the modern era of antibiotics
Cat thought experiment
A famous example of his leadership in mathematics is his 1900 presentation of a collection of problems that set the course for much of the mathematical research of the 20th century
Developed the resonance technique for measuring the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei
Developed the principle of least action of classical mechanics
Path integral formulation of quantum field theory
Creator of the first version of the periodic table of elements
Worked with Otto Hahn in the discovery of fission
He created the first vaccine for rabies
Best known for his theorem regarding right triangles.
Originated the concept of a programmable computer
Francis Crick acknowledged him as the 'father of molecular biology'
Predicted the existence of antimatter by combining quantum mechanics with special relativity
Invented the refracting telescope
Pilot wave interpretation of quantum mechanics
Evolution by natural selection
Developed new methods of classical/analytical mechanics
Remembered today as the creator of a tool still used by biologists to predict the probability of possible genotypes of offspring
Significant contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations
Incompleteness Theorem
Double slit experiment
Discovered oxygen

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