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Who are the Greatest Physicists in this century?

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Twukwuw
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Apr30-06, 01:44 AM
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Last century we have Max Plank, Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, Schrodingers, de Broglie, Fermi and so on (so many!) great physicisys.

So, who do we have in this century?

Stephen Hawking?
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Apr30-06, 02:30 AM
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Me, of course.
sid_galt
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Apr30-06, 04:27 AM
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We had Hans Bethe. Too bad he died last year. But still, he was alive in this century.

franznietzsche
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Apr30-06, 05:24 AM
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Who are the Greatest Physicists in this century?

In terms of accomplishments in this century? Not Hawking.


Its a bit early for asking that. Come back in 80 years.
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Apr30-06, 05:26 AM
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For all you know, Zefram Cochrane would've invented warp drive before the century's out, so ask again in 90+ years.
Twukwuw
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Apr30-06, 05:41 AM
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so, today, we have NO physicists ranked at the same height as those I listed (Max Plank ... ...)

Am I right?

Why not Stephen Hawking?
People said he is today's Einstein!!!
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Apr30-06, 09:32 AM
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She hasn't necessarily done great things as far as I'm aware, but one of my favourite scientists at the moment is Kathy Sykes, a British physicist.

As far as the greatest physicist right now, I honestly don't know.
franznietzsche
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Apr30-06, 09:43 PM
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Quote Quote by Twukwuw
Why not Stephen Hawking?
People said he is today's Einstein!!!
Ummm, no. He wrote a pop-science book and it made him famous. Granted, he is certainly a good physicist (You don't get to be Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge for nothing) but he is not in the league of say Bohr, Schrodinger, Feynman, Einstein, Fermi, or any of the major pioneers from the early part of this century.

And as a side issue: People said? Who said? Who are these mythical 'people'?
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Apr30-06, 09:46 PM
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No accomplishment in physics could possibly be judged for its greatness with only 6 years of hindsight, especially if you're comparing to the likes of Einstein and Bohr.
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Apr30-06, 10:33 PM
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Quote Quote by franznietzsche
Ummm, no. He wrote a pop-science book and it made him famous. Granted, he is certainly a good physicist (You don't get to be Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge for nothing) but he is not in the league of say Bohr, Schrodinger, Feynman, Einstein, Fermi, or any of the major pioneers from the early part of this century.
I disagree. His work on black holes was very importent in physics he came up with Hawking radition which chaged the our understanding of black holes we thought nothing would come out but then Hawking found a way that somthing does come out.

I think Einstien the greatest physicst of the 20th centrey(it's too early to say who's the greatest of the 21st centrey.)
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May2-06, 11:28 AM
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Mark McCutcheon is the greatest physicist evar!!! (Or so he seems to claim.)
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May2-06, 11:38 AM
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Quote Quote by franznietzsche
And as a side issue: People said? Who said? Who are these mythical 'people'?
Not mythical, but they call themselves journalists.
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May2-06, 11:42 AM
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Btw, has anybody thought about the "fact" that all "Great Physicists" have been theorists, at least by appearance of the OP's list. Has nobody in the past century come up with an ingenious experiment to detect something?
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May2-06, 12:57 PM
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Quote Quote by neutrino
Has nobody in the past century come up with an ingenious experiment to detect something?
Many have...but experimental physics is a lot less sexy than theoretical physics. To set up an experiment from scratch often takes several years and costs a lot of money. And it's not fun to write about either.

Some of the biggest experimental contributions in the last few decades :

Cornell, Wieman, Ketterle - making BECs

Stormer, Tsui, von Klitzing - discovering the Quantum Hall effects

Osheroff, Lee, Richardson - discovering fermionic superfluidity

Perl, Reines - detecting the tau lepton and neutrino

Bednorz & Muller - discovering Superconductivity

Ruska - inventing the electron microscope

Cockroft & Walton - nuclear transmutation

Lawrence - inventing the cyclotron

...

...and then there was Fermi !
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May2-06, 01:17 PM
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Quote Quote by Gokul43201
Bednorz & Muller - discovering Superconductivity
Not to be picky, but I think Gokul meant "Discovering high-Tc superconductivity". Superconductivity was discovered by H. Kamerlingh Onnes.

On a separate note, I always wonder why people ask questions such as this, as in what purpose does it serve? To glorify a certain physicist? And as expected, I am not surprised by the glaring omission of the only person who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics twice.

Zz.
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May2-06, 01:27 PM
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I suppose it's just for the sake of conversation, Zz. It's also good for newcomers, such as myself, to see who are the great physicists.

Anyway, Kathy:




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May2-06, 02:01 PM
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Sorry neutrino, I have to disagree. There is one good experimentalist on the OP's list. The list also includes someone who was quite a good soccer player, although his mathematician brother was even better.

Also, Hawking on Hawking: "Instead, almost everyone believes that the universe, and time itself had a beginning at the big bang. This is a discovery far more important than a few miscellaneous unstable particles, but not one that has been so well recognized by Nobel prizes."

ZapperZ: Do you think your bard is the best bard?

Regards,
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Sorry neutrino, I have to disagree. There is one good experimentalist on the OP's list.
That's still only ONE. No doubt, he was a genius of another kind altogether, possessing theoretical insight and experimental brilliance.
The list also includes someone who was quite a good soccer player, although his mathematician brother was even better.
And big brother was tutored by arguably the best experimentalist there was.

ZapperZ: Do you think your bard is the best bard?
There's more than one bard ? (not Sam Treiman is it ?)


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