Greatest Physicist Ever

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Who was the greatest physicist ever?

  • Isaac Newton

    Votes: 27 44.3%
  • Albert Einstein

    Votes: 12 19.7%
  • James Clerk Maxwell

    Votes: 7 11.5%
  • Niels Bohr

    Votes: 2 3.3%
  • Werner Heisenberg

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Galileo Galilei

    Votes: 4 6.6%
  • Richard Feynman

    Votes: 6 9.8%
  • Paul Dirac

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Erwin Schroedinger

    Votes: 2 3.3%
  • Ernest Rutherford

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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:surprised Note: Please See thread "Greatest Physicist Redux.":surprised
 
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Oh, great! Not another one of these threads.
 
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I'd go for Archimedes, or Zz, or maybe Emmy Noether :tongue2:

Oh but the question was settled already in [thread=115107]this thread[/thread] : she's Britney :rofl:
 
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OMG !
I did not notice this picture before :
Solvay
 
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Hmm, this thread has certainly gone off on quite a tangent. :uhh:

Interesting how Einstein hasn't gotten any votes so far.

By the way, I totally forgot about Archimedes! If I could change the poll I would replace Rutherford with him.
 
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If I could change the poll I would replace Rutherford with him.
Uhm... we would still miss Faraday :uhh:
 
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I always wondered, whether Gell-Mann was more or less important than Landau... never could figure.
 
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I was just thinking ''why isnt Faraday there" myself.


Planck and Tesla to name a couple more amiss.
 
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Interesting how Einstein hasn't gotten any votes so far.

People just want to look sophisticated and not vote for the same guy as all non-physicists would...:wink:
In my eyes Einstein clearly is the greatest of them!
 
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Ah, Brian David Josephson wins my heart.
 
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Let me had another tough choice, just a last one :biggrin:
Hawking or Penrose ?
 
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Where is Fermi?
 
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Where's the only physicist to have won the Nobel Prize in physics twice?

Even Einstein could not accomplish that!

Zz.
 
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These kind of topics are useless and there will always be missing physicist.
 
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These kind of topics are useless and there will always be missing physicist.

Not only that, the word "greatest" is not only meaningless, it is undefined as far as criteria goes. One might as well pick a favorite color.

Zz.
 
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What a lame thread. So creative! :rolleyes:

We should rank them and then sell it to HS kids like USNEWS and World Report does.
 
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These kind of topics are useless and there will always be missing physicist.

Not if we start a 10 year project to post every professional Physicist that has ever lived. :tongue2:
 
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These kind of topics are useless and there will always be missing physicist.
But it's quite funny to even ask the question :tongue:

Actually, I was wondering who is the greatest PF member ever :rolleyes:
 
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Where's the only physicist to have won the Nobel Prize in physics twice?

My vote is for John Bardeen, but since he is not listed I have to vote for Feynman who could have won 3 Nobels (QED, Theory of Weak Force and Helium Superfluidity). In my mind the only other physicist close in pure talent and breadth of knowledge was Lev Landau.
 
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Where's the only physicist to have won the Nobel Prize in physics twice?
Do we have a Nobel prize who also is a Field medalist ?
 
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Do we have a Nobel prize who also is a Field medalist ?

Not that I know of. Anyone know of any?

Zz.
 
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If only I could list more than 10 options, I would include all of the physicists talked about so far!

Even if I could, I still think Newton would win though...
 
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Not that I know of. Anyone know of any?
I thought Witten might become one. In any case, that would be tremendous an achievement.
 
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If only I could list more than 10 options, I would include all of the physicists talked about so far!

Even if I could, I still think Newton would win though...
You are missing the point. Newton would not be who he is without Galileo. And Einstein also sits on the shoulders of giants.
 
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Ah, Brian David Josephson wins my heart.

I don't know much about physicists, why do you say that?
 
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You are missing the point. Newton would not be who he is without Galileo. And Einstein also sits on the shoulders of giants.

Well, now I see why other threads like this usually specify a century.
 
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OK let me make a little metaphor. :-)

Knowledge is a huge mountain. Everybody brings something, from a grain of sand to a solid rock. But you must bring it on the top. Many things make it complicated to evaluate someone's contribution. For instance, is it more important to bring a little grain all the way to the top, achieving a major step, or to be one of the first to roll a big block when there is not much to climb ?
 
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You are missing the point. Newton would not be who he is without Galileo. And Einstein also sits on the shoulders of giants.

If you go by that rationale, you would also have to say Galileo sat on Aristotle or Plato.


Its the fact that Einstein revolutionized Physics with the unification of space and time(among other vast achievements) that puts him ahead of the game in most peoples book.
 
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I don't know much about physicists, why do you say that?
I was mainly having fun :biggrin: Josephson was a very young fellow when he won the Nobel prize (actually, a 22 years old graduate student). But today, he is occupied in remotly disconnected activities from fundamental physics, namely paranormal phenomena. How to judge this phenomenon ? Important physicist no doubt. Crackpot as well ?
 
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o.k.:smile: , thanks humanino
 
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If you go by that rationale, you would also have to say Galileo sat on Aristotle or Plato.
On the shoulders yes :biggrin:
I never knew them personnaly, and considering philosopher's occupations in greek antiquity, maybe you are right :tongue2:
 
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On the shoulders yes :biggrin:
:devil: :rofl:
I never knew them personnaly,

Really? Now there was me thinking you were 3000 years old and all.:blushing: :smile:
and considering philosopher's occupations in greek antiquity, maybe you are right :tongue2:
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I dont know, but I sounded pretty knowledgeable dont you think?:biggrin:
 

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