HISTORY OF MODERN SCIENCE: THE 18th CENTURY “MECHANICS”
Actually, they all seemed to be interested in just about everything.
Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782) is best known for his work in fluid mechanics, in particular for his discovery that pressure decreases as flow speed increases – a fact that today keeps carburetors running and fixed-wing planes in the air.
Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), Swiss mathematician and physicist sometimes called “the Galileo of mathematical physics,” did ground-breaking work across many fields. He discovered Euler’s number, e, the second most important constant in physics, after pi.
He also introduced much of modern mathematical terminology and notation, for example, the notion of a mathematical function. Thus, Euler is justifiably remembered as a mathematician. However, he is also known for his work in mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics, astronomy, and music theory. [wp]
Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) was a pioneer in theories of heat and vibration. The technique he invented for this work – representing complex waves by adding together simpler waves – is now used everywhere in science and engineering.
Thomas Young (1773-1829) pioneered the “double-slit” experiment: shining a light through two narrow slits, he produced a pattern akin to the one produced by two overlapping water waves. This demonstration of the wave nature of light later became central to quantum mechanics.
Young made notable scientific contributions in the fields of vision, light, solid mechanics, energy, physiology, and language. He also advanced European understanding of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs (notably, those on the famous Rosetta Stone). [wp]
Carl Friedrich Gauss / Gauß (1777-1855), called “the prince of mathematicians” by his contemporaries, is now best remembered for his “normal” (or Gaussian) distributions, which plot how likely things are to vary from average.
A German mathematician and physical scientist, he contributed significantly to many fields - in mathematics: number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry. In physics, he did work in geophysics, electrostatics, astronomy, and optics. [wp]
William Hamilton (1805-1865) reformulated Newtonian mechanics into what is now known as Hamiltonian mechanics. In doing so, he wrote the mathematical language in which modern physics, especially quantum theory, is expressed.
Sir William Rowan Hamilton was an Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician, who made important contributions to classical mechanics, optics, and algebra. [wp]
THE SCIENTIFIC TYPOGRAPHIES OF Dr. Prateek Lala: artistic representations of more than 50 influential physicists, cosmologists, and mathematicians – from Anaximander up to Stephen Hawking.
Images and descriptions reprinted (with revisions) from: Perimeter Institute
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Am I the only one who was like “And Carl Sagan apparently had NOTHING ELSE on his schedule for that week!? NOT POSSIBLE!” I’m not doubting the story, but I think maybe they doctored his schedule so we didn’t see all of the occult, eyes-wide-shut-style parties he had scheduled on Thursday.
A transparent squiddle to swim across your dash!
Guys, I have no idea why, but this is getting notes again.
Japanese in-browser game takes the Arkanoid / Breakout format with added twist where the aim is to avoid destroying the blocks by letting the balls pass.
Try it out for yourself here
Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil
thank you for this.
And then from his initial investment of >$1,000,000, the Fisher Pen Co. was able to make a lot of money and grow the overall size of the U.S. economy and create lots of jobs.
So essentially a story that is supposed to be about government inefficiency turns out to be a story about how the U.S. government worked with a private company to make space travel safer while also stimulating economic growth.
The moral of the story is not that the Soviet Union was more efficient. The moral of the story is that by failing to allow private investment in innovation, the Soviet Union was doomed.
Incidentally, Paul Fisher, who invented the Fisher space pen, was a fascinating guy. He had this plan to eliminate income and property taxes with a progressive asset tax and even ran for President. And the Fisher Space Pen Co. is still a going concern, still employing people, and still generating a return on Fisher’s million-dollar investment.
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Indie first-person platformer which requires basic modular programming skills to help navigate through the levels - video embedded below:
Glitchspace is a first person programming game that’s centred around a visual programming mechanic.
Set in a cyberspace world, you are trying to find a place known as Glitchspace - a by-product of cyberspace and its various glitches. A world that would allow for infinite possibilities, and access across all systems in cyberspace through exploitation.
Through problem solving, it’s up to you how you approach the in-game challenges; find glitches in the cyberspace world, and exploit them in various different ways, allowing for a emergent play experience.
Glitchspace is available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, and was developed with the Oculus Rift in mind. (Although the Rift is not necessary to play).
The game is currently available in Alpha release - you can find out more from it’s developers here
It also has a Steam Greenlight page here
Game by E McNeill designed for the Oculus Rift which puts you in the position of a cyberpunk hacker - video embedded below:
The job is simple: break through the firewall and retrieve the data. But the net can be a dangerous place.
Built for virtual reality from the ground up, Darknet will release on PC/Mac/Linux as an exclusive launch title for the Oculus Rift VR headset.
You can find out more about the game here