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[–] Stip 5 points 68 points (+73|-5) ago 

Not sure about schrődingers cat though....

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[–] Morbo 1 points 19 points (+20|-1) ago 

Glad to see Pauli in picture, you know, before they started excluding him. Also it worries me that he was standing next to Heisenberg.

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[–] TheBeesTrees 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You can see Heisenberg's uncertainty written plainly on his face though.

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[–] o_V_o 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

a line is 2 points.

Technically, isn't that a line segment?

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[–] HoneyNutStallmans 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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yöu tried

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[–] SilverBanana 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] laancelot 0 points 29 points (+29|-0) ago 

The world we live is full of people with awesome brains, even today. Not about half of them dying during infancy is a net gain for humanity.

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[–] LordHumongus 3 points 21 points (+24|-3) ago 

But we also don't lose half of the other extreme. Those dribbling idiots who make up the fringes in the politics.

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[–] RevanProdigalKnight 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Well, it seems we just can't have one without the other.

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[–] AtheistComic 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The political fringe is not the problem -- it's the politico mediocrity. Status quo, ad infinitum.

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[–] laancelot 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah, it's a shame there's no way we can make an "idiot-meter" so we could avoid raising imbeciles.

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[–] weabot 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Democracy is the power to the people. The politicians aren't idiots, the people vote for the stupid politicians because they can't understand a word of the smart one's speech.

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[–] china_troll 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

diminished by extreme low birth rate.

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[–] Rostin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Half aren't dying in infancy, but a solid 40% are being aborted, at least in the US. It's probably a wash.

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[–] I_like_paint 1 points 25 points (+26|-1) ago 

Germans

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[–] kgb_operative 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

And English, Danish, Dutch, Austrian, French, Australian...

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[–] I_like_paint 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

You forgot the Germans

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[–] Rea11yN0tMe 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Except for the chick.

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[–] McCarthy 1 points 24 points (+25|-1) ago 

This picture makes me wonder who their modern day equivalents are. People whom we'll someday look back on with such admiration.

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[–] Terkala 0 points 52 points (+52|-0) ago  (edited ago)

These scientists are known for their discovery of "basic sciences". The sort of foundation that other science uses.

Now that we have the basics well studied and understood, we've moved on to specific or particularly exotic scientific interactions. Stuff like "We know that energy and matter have the same basic components because the math says that one can be transformed into the other (Einstein). Now, what exactly are those components and how do we manipulate their basic properties?".

The biggest recent news in this field was the discovery of the higgs boson. Which was verified to exist by the team at CERN using the Large Hadron Collider in 2013. There are 2,513 staff members at that facility. Most of them scientists of one kind or another. How do you recognize just one staff member as that "Genius Scientist"?

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[–] apocsnow 3 points 9 points (+12|-3) ago 

Sara Seager, Tim Barnes-Lee, Noam Chomsky (sorry haters), Richard Dawkins, Jennifer Doudna, Persi Diaconis, Jane Goodall, Alan Guth, Stephen Hawking, Donald Knuth, Lynn Margulis, Frederick Sanger, Charles Townes, Andrew Wiles, Edward Witten, Alain Aspect, Peter Higgs.... All made individual contributions that set them apart from the teams they worked on.

I have no doubt that they will all be held in regard as a genius ahead of their time.... in time.

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[–] AlbertoEinstein 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think he is trying to mention theorists not experimentalists. McCarthy should look into string theory, and quantum gravitation. Although string is out there in the fringe because it has not been proven experimentaly.

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[–] totes-mah-voats 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Einstein was definitely a celebrity. But he did actually, you know, come up with groundbreaking shit.

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[–] china_troll 3 points 11 points (+14|-3) ago 

BILL NYE IS NOT A SCIENTIST

jesus fucking christ.

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[–] the-code-always-wins 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Charismatic and interesting people who haven't really done that much important stuff.

Actually, Dawkins has done some really important work in evolutionary biology.

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[–] De1WvO3Ndc8jTldFhaA6 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Despite his "celebrity", Dawkins made significant scientific contributions. He's the real deal, look up his work history. He's incredibly capable and knowledgeable and our understanding of (evolutionary) biology wouldn't be the same without him. He's definitely deserving of the genius label. His fight against creationism and ignorance, which earned him his celebrity status in popular culture, is just a sideshow.

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[–] china_troll 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

NONE. absolutely none. Obviously we now have smarter scientists in greater number, but there is just no discovery that can hold a candle to Relativity (holly shit) and Quantum Mechanics (oh my god) that fundamentally revolutionize our view of REALITY.

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[–] bosonic 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There is no shortage of exceedingly brilliant people in physics (and surely other sciences), but I think their names will never be known by the general public. The modern day equivalents of Dirac and friends are working on things so specialized that only university students and researchers are likely to stumble on the many discoveries bearing their names. Most people have never heard of Maldacena, Polchinski and so on. There is an exception to this though: Hawking. He has actually made major contributions to physics and is quite well known among laypeople.

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[–] carlip 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Im not so sure i would want to sit so close to Madame Curie...

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[–] ceelu 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

What is the context behind this photo? Where was it taken, when was it taken, who was the photographer?

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[–] KL1 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is from the 1927 Solvay Conference. Check the following link for a colorized photo and more details:
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/phyhis/solvay.html#c2

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[–] ceelu 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Thanks! That colorized photo is even better!

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[–] Netfoolsmedia 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Checked to see if colorized was posted. Thanks, I kept this as my wallpaper for over a year.

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[–] Step_into_Liquid 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Man I'd be wary of having all these people in one location at any given time. Like the Soviet Rocket Disaster or something.

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[–] angryCOMMguy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Came to ask the same thing, thanks!

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[–] StringerBell 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Also, fun fact - this conference in Brussels was the turning point in our understanding of the atom. It was here at the Solvay conference that the Copenhagen interpretation of the atom was accepted by the scientific community, meaning victory for Bohr and his team, and defeat for traditionalists like Einstein.

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[–] CatNamedJava 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Thst Einstein, what a idiot.

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[–] microlyfe 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Often called the "Heroic Age of Physics"

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[–] ObscureReference 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I would argue right place and right time. Not that they are not genius, but if they were born later the ideas might have already been done. If they were earlier the supporting technology (for some) might not have been there.

There are some very smart people out their now doing cutting edge work that may be classified, or just not really understood by the layman because it is that complicated.

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[–] whatamidoingherev 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If they were earlier, they'd have been Galileos.

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[–] china_troll 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

and what if Galileo was born earlier? who would he be?

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