In an interesting exercise, The Guardian newspaper recently drew up a list of the “10 best physicists”. I don’t think the list they compiled is in any particular order, but here it is.
- Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)
- Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
- James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)
- Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
- Marie Curie (1867-1934)
- Richard Feynman (1918-1988)
- Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937)
- Paul Dirac (1902-1984)
How many of these names do you recognise? Whilst some are “household names”, others are maybe only known to physicists.
Over the next several months I will post a blog about each of these entries, giving more details of what their contribution(s) to physics were. Any such list is, of course, bound to promote discussion and disagreement, and I can also see that “The Guardian” have also allowed readers to nominate their own names.
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