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Nikola Tesla or James Clerk Maxwell?

  1. May 24, 2012 #1
    Which do you think of the two contributed most to humankind.
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  3. May 25, 2012 #2
    None of the above.
  4. May 25, 2012 #3
    Aaron Aaronson. First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.
  5. May 25, 2012 #4


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    Neither, the true answer is Sir Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  6. May 25, 2012 #5
    I don't know which contributed the most, but Tesla certainly deducted the most. He borrowed much more money in his life than Maxwell ever did.
  7. May 25, 2012 #6
    I don't know if I'd characterize their contributions that way. But, for me, learning about Maxwell's stuff was a primary motivator to learn more about the experimental production and analysis of em radiation (light, radio, x-ray, etc.), and provided a tentative basis for approaching an understanding of the development of the quantum theory.
  8. May 25, 2012 #7
    This sounds like the makings of one of those "Epic Rap Battles of History" videos that are on youtube.

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