Your favourite quantum phycisists and why?

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Just thought it'd be fun to see which people are regarded as the most intelligent and most important contributers to quantum physics?
 

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For technical and formal aspects, Dirac.
For interpretational aspects, Bell and Bohm.
 
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P. A. M. Dirac for interpretation as well.
Bohm no. Bell just for one small aspect.
 
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Just thought it'd be fun to see which people are regarded as the most intelligent and most important contributers to quantum physics?

Feynman
 
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humanino
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Myself...

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just for the record, it might be the Googolplexth discussion on that pointless topic.
 
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mine is Jessica Biel

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Yeah, I'll go with humanino. He was also the first person to use "Googolplexth" in a sentence.
 
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I'll go with pam, I'll go with P.A.M. Dirac. He has an equation. Do you?
 
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I'll go with Emanuel Derman.
 
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I'll go with pam, I'll go with P.A.M. Dirac. He has an equation. Do you?

An equation and a notation, no less.

Learning Bell's inequality blew my little mind, way back when. I haven't been the same since.
 
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I also go with Dirac.

An equation and a notation, no less.

And a monopole, and statistics, and another equation (non-quantum), and ...
 
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..., constrained dynamics, "delta function", antiparticles, ...
 
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Fermi. He has an accelerator, a paradox, a problem, a hole, a heap, a statistical distribution, a particle, a Golden Rule, an energy level and a Linux distribution named after him.
 
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Witten?
 
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pam
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Witten?
The ? is most appropriate.
 
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Fermi. He has an accelerator, a paradox, a problem, a hole, a heap, a statistical distribution, a particle, a Golden Rule, an energy level and a Linux distribution named after him.
and a femtometer.
 
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Fermi. He has an accelerator, a paradox, a problem, a hole, a heap, a statistical distribution, a particle, a Golden Rule, an energy level and a Linux distribution named after him.

What statistical distribution? Fermi-Dirac?
Dirac has a video codec named after him, as well as a sea.
(The linux distribution is tied to the accelerator, right?)
 
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Epicurus predicted quantum indeterminism over 2000 years ago (De Rerum Natura 2.216-293).

:biggrin:
 
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Toss up between Planck, Dirac, Einstein (well sort of :wink:) Smolin, Born, Kaku and Feynman. With honourable mentions to Pauli, Heisenberg and Schrödinger of course and in no particular order I can think of.

I wish I could find that photo of the great meeting of minds on QM, because frankly my favourites are all there, but I can't remember all the players off the top of my head.
 
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This is probably the 10th thread asking the same damn question...it gets old.
 
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What statistical distribution? Fermi-Dirac?
Yes, but, "Fermi function" is almost a household term nowadays! :)
Dirac has a video codec named after him, as well as a sea.
Yeah, but the sea is filled with Fermions, as is the sky above the Dirac sea!
(The linux distribution is tied to the accelerator, right?)
I believe that's right.
 
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This is probably the 10th thread asking the same damn question...it gets old.
This is probably the second person at least mentionning this fact in this same discussion. No time to read even 19 other messages ?
 
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This is probably the second person at least mentionning this fact in this same discussion. No time to read even 19 other messages ?

Not really. I don't care. I just find it annoying that these threads keep on popping up, over, and over, and over.......and over.

This and, "I like this girl"...:rolleyes:

(Actually, I've read the other 19 threads. So, I am not going to read 19 posts in this one).
 
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I just find it annoying that these threads keep on popping up, over, and over, and over.......and over.
At least for once we agree.
 
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Toss up between Planck, Dirac, Einstein (well sort of :wink:) Smolin, Born, Kaku and Feynman. With honourable mentions to Pauli, Heisenberg and Schrödinger of course and in no particular order I can think of.

I wish I could find that photo of the great meeting of minds on QM, because frankly my favourites are all there, but I can't remember all the players off the top of my head.

This one?
http://photos.aip.org/veritySearch2.jsp?item_id=Einstein%20Albert%20E3&fname=einstein_Albert_e3.jpg&title=null&storePublished=Y&color=N&contactID=78 [Broken]
 
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This one?
http://photos.aip.org/veritySearch2.jsp?item_id=Einstein%20Albert%20E3&fname=einstein_Albert_e3.jpg&title=null&storePublished=Y&color=N&contactID=78 [Broken]

that's the one! It must of be a copyright issue, as it's no longer searchable in google image searches or via wiki, which is where I first saw it IIRC. Either that or I'm just not putting in the right search parameters?

Formidable line up.

Fifth (5th) Solvay Congress, Brussels, 'Institut International de Physique Solvay, Cinquieme Conseil de Fifth (5th) Solvay Congress, Brussels, 1927, the theme was electrons and protons. Back Row L-R: A. Piccard; E. Henriot (Brussels); P. Ehrenfest; E. Herzen; T. de Donder (Brussels); E. Schrodinger; J. E. Verschaffelt (Ghent); W. Pauli; W. Heisenberg; R.H. Fowler (Cambridge); L. Brillouin. Middle row L-R: P. Debye; M. Knudsen; W. L. Bragg; H.A.Kramers; P.Dirac; A.H. Compton; L. deBroglie; M. Born; N. Bohr. Front Row L-R: I. Langmuir; M. Planck; M. Curie; H.A. Lorentz; A. Einstein; P. Langevin; C. Guye (Geneva); C.T.R. Wilson; O.W. Richardson. ABSENT: Sir W. H. Bragg; H. Deslandres; E. Van Aubel (Ghent).

Result of the match: Einstein et al 0 - Pauli et al 4
 
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Toss up between Planck, Dirac, Einstein (well sort of :wink:) Smolin, Born, Kaku and Feynman. With honourable mentions to Pauli, Heisenberg and Schrödinger of course and in no particular order I can think of.
Why Kaku?
It seems to me that he is better known for his popular books and textbooks than for original research contributions.
 

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