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Science – From the renaissance era to modern science


We will always be indebted to the scientists of the Renaissance era and the earlier centuries who gave us the building blocks and the fundamental discoveries.  They were multi-talented geniuses, philosophers, artists, engineers, architects, musicians etc who worked with a passion in search of the truth.  The quest to find out answers linked them to the divine and that resulted in a creative outflow which was spectacular.

Alas, science in the modern world is propelled by a desire for power.  Scientists are in a mad rush to churn out papers for journals rather than satisfy their curiosity and wonder.

Some of the great scientists and philosophers  who inspired us and will always be remembered for their great contributions are:

Albert Einstein is well known for his theory of relativity an d the Quantum theory.  Besides this his work with Satyendranath Bose on the Bose-Einstein statistics and the Bose-Einstein condensate is well known.

Leonardo da Vinci  the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer whose genius encompassed marvelous paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper and whose engineering designs included models of helicopters, solar cookers, study of human anatomy etc.

Galileo – Using first modern telescope, Galileo revolutionised our understanding of the world successfully proving the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around

Sir  Isaac Newton  was an  astronomer, physicist, inventor, mathematician, and philosopher. He has developed laws of motion, principles of momentum, and invented the reflecting telescope.

Marie Curie – Discovered radiation and helped to apply it in the field of X ray.

Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose – who made important contributions in the field of radio and microwave technology

Charles Darwin the English naturalist famous for his Origin of Species on the theory of evolution and survival of the fittest

Michael Faraday was a phenomenal chemist and physicist who contributed to the fields of electrochemistry and electromagnetics

 Aryabhatta is one of the oldest  Indian mathematician who is credited with the invention of zero and place values.

C V Raman was an Indian Physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for discovery of the Raman Effect for his experiments on the scattering of light

Archimedes one of the greatest Mathematicians from Greece is well known for the Archimedes principle and the Archimedes screw.

Nicholas Tesla – was a renowned physicist, inventor, and engineer. He has made phenomenal contributions to science and has been classified as the “world’s greatest electrical engineer.”

Thomas Edison the American inventor is famous for the invention of the light bulb in 1879.

Alexander Graham Bell for his invention of the telephone in 1876.

 Ramanujam was an Indian mathematician  who with almost no formal training in pure mathematics made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and continued fractions.

Louis Pasteur  for his work on developing antidotes for anthrax and rabies and pasteurization of milk

Who are the people who have inspired you?  If you could go back in time, which era/period would you like to be a part of?.

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