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« on: 07/02/2008 17:00:24 »
Which scientist would you most like to hear interviewed on the radio show and why? It can be a living or dead person (let's just assume Chris is a medium  :D ).

I would opt for Isaac Newton. I'd love to hear his views on discoveries since his death, and his reaction to knowing that he is still revered as one of science's greatest intellects.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 07/02/2008 18:53:02 »
I agree with Doctorbeaver -Isaac Newton, definitely!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 07/02/2008 19:07:53 »
I would have like to hear what Rosalind Frankin would say about the scientific
progresses in DNA also for the forensic, scientific and medical things that
are still very active.
But mainly to hear what she has to say about Crick and Watson.

For a male scientist then Charles Darwin as he changed the outlook for the world and evolutionary thoughts.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 07/02/2008 19:27:06 »
Rosalind - good choices
 

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« Reply #4 on: 07/02/2008 19:29:19 »
These old icons are attractive, in principle, but you would get more out of a more modern famous scientist, like Richard Feynman or Herman Bondi. Their language and presentation would make their programme much more accessible. Many of the ideas from hundreds of years ago have undergone a huge amount of 'editorial' in order to be presented to us. I think Sir Isaac might have a difficulty in recognising some of his ideas when stated in modern form. (A few days of getting up to date would probably be enough for him, though.) His enormous EGO might make him a rather unattractive broadcaster; he wasn't good at being humble, I believe.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 07/02/2008 19:38:17 »
I understand what you're saying about old icons. I did consider that but, as I said, I would like to hear his views on advances that have been made since his death. You never know, the realisation that his law of gravity was awry, and even that his laws of motion are being queried, made help to humble him somewhat  :D
 

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« Reply #6 on: 07/02/2008 20:00:26 »
well that's Isaac well and truly dissed! I'm sure he would have felt it  a fair put-down by another who's so obviously destined for greatness....
 

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« Reply #7 on: 07/02/2008 20:24:38 »
Destined for greatness? I've already achieved it!  :D
 

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« Reply #8 on: 07/02/2008 20:28:46 »
I didn't mean you doctorbeaver, you seem very balanced- it must be that tail...
 

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« Reply #9 on: 07/02/2008 20:33:55 »
I didn't mean you doctorbeaver, you seem very balanced- it must be that tail...

Forsooth, thou hast gained my favour!
 

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« Reply #10 on: 07/02/2008 20:36:11 »
Gadzooks!
 

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« Reply #12 on: 07/02/2008 20:48:17 »
What about Robert Hook - didn't he draw the first amazing microscopic pictures....?
 

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« Reply #13 on: 07/02/2008 20:54:29 »
What about Robert Hook - didn't he draw the first amazing microscopic pictures....?

He certainly drew them but I don't know if he was the first.

He was a remarkable man, inventing among other things the balance spring, which made clocks more accurate and reliable, and the universal joint. He also made improvements to existing scientific instruments, collaborated with Boyle in the study of gases, and, of course, there is Hooke's law of elasticity.

When he had a few minutes spare he also helped re-build London after the great fire of 1666.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 07/02/2008 20:57:57 »
I'd forgotten some of that- whadda guy!
 

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« Reply #15 on: 07/02/2008 20:59:14 »
I'd forgotten some of that- whadda guy!

Indeed.

Then, of course, there were his famous spats with Isaac Newton. (Should we mention his work on combustion?)
 

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« Reply #16 on: 07/02/2008 20:59:51 »
my favorite scientist has always been karry mullis.  he invented the technique of PCR and wwon the nobel in chemistry for it.  his memoirs is one of my favorite books.  he's had such an interesting life, is so incredibly curious about everything in the world around him, and the way his mind works... he has such incredibly unique ways of thinking about a lot of things.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 07/02/2008 21:04:47 »
I've not heard of him. What is PCR?

I've just found out it stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. I've heard of that, but I'm not entirely sure what it is.
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« Reply #18 on: 07/02/2008 21:05:41 »
How about Marie Curie- a lifetime of scientific endeavor, only to be killed by it....
 

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« Reply #19 on: 07/02/2008 23:14:00 »
What about Alexander Fleming as it would be interesting to  hear what he'd
have to say about the overusage of Pencillin also the other antibiotics
that have been invented and used since he discovered Pencillin in that
Petri Dish.
To see what he'd say about MRSA and EColi, Botulism etc. Quite a lot I should
guess.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 08/02/2008 09:58:37 »
Robert Hook would be one, Louis Pasteur (with a translator!)..... um, Joseph Banks must have some exciting tales to tell!
 

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« Reply #21 on: 08/02/2008 16:43:54 »
Wasn't Joseph Banks a botanist?
 

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« Reply #22 on: 08/02/2008 16:44:47 »
I agree w/ the Beaver's choice and Rosalind's  
 

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« Reply #23 on: 08/02/2008 23:33:30 »
I've not heard of him. What is PCR?

I've just found out it stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. I've heard of that, but I'm not entirely sure what it is.

its a method by which you can amplify large amounts of a specific sequence of DNA from a very small starting amount.  an extremely useful technique both in lab science, as well as crime labs, etc.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 09/02/2008 08:01:49 »
I've not heard of him. What is PCR?

I've just found out it stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction. I've heard of that, but I'm not entirely sure what it is.

its a method by which you can amplify large amounts of a specific sequence of DNA from a very small starting amount.  an extremely useful technique both in lab science, as well as crime labs, etc.

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