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What is your favorite scientist and why?

[] Albert Einstein for having stink foot [] Albert Einstein for publishing a wedding contract from hell paper t +o his first wife. [] Claude Shannnon for riding a unicycle at night at MIT [] Edward Teller for being the template for Dr. Strangelove [] Isaac Newton for the apple [] Robert Oppenheimer for his in-depth knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita [] Kikunae Ikeda for discovering the secrets of the soy sauce [] Wilhelm Röntgen for the foundations of body scanners [] Rusi P. Taleyarkhan for cold fusion [] Alfred Nobel for his contribution to the progress on the battlefiel +ds [] Donald Knuth for being such a great organist [] Larry Wall for his website [] Louis Camille Maillard for discovering why steaks taste good [] Joachim Sauer for drinking coffee with Melania Trump [] Richard Feynman for his bongo skills [] Erwin Schrödinger for sleeping with his colleagues' wives [] Erwin Schrödinger for cruelty to cats [] Edwin Hubble for pretending to be a pipe-smoking English gentleman [] Paul Dirac for speaking one word per hour when socializing [] Yulii Borisovich Khariton for the Tsar Bomba [] Andrei Dmitrijewitsch Sacharow for his third idea [] Klaus Fuchs for his correspondence with Josef Stalin [] Marie Curie for the shiny stuff [] Hugh Everett for immortality, especially for cats [] Hedy Lamarr for weaponizing pianos [] Ada Lovelace for the palindrome [] Nikola Tesla for the cool cars [] Sigmund Freud for his Ménage à trois [] Sigmund Freud for donating his libido to the German Empire [] Burkhard Heim for providing the missing link between science and my +stics [] Theodor. W. Adorno for his contribution to the reception of jazz [] Other (please explain why)

Update: Added Richard Feynman because of some special request

Update2: Added some more promising candidates because of some special request

Update3: Added some more promising candidates because of some special requests

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Re^2: poll ideas quest 2017
by marto (Cardinal) on Jul 15, 2017 at 14:01 UTC

    Richard Feynman for his bongo skills.

      Yeah! I forgot him. Perhaps he liked some special spices as well? Best regards, Karl

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by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Jul 15, 2017 at 21:49 UTC

    • Erwin Schrödinger for sleeping with his colleagues wives
    • Edwin Hubble for pretending to be a pipe-smoking English gentleman
    • Paul Dirac for speaking one word per hour when socialising

      Great! Thanks. I added them to the wish list. Best regards, Karl

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by Eily (Monsignor) on Jul 17, 2017 at 15:16 UTC

    • Marie Curie for the shiny stuff
    • Hugh Everett for immortality, especially for cats
    • Hedy Lamarr for weaponizing pianos (edited: Hedy not Heddy)
    • Ada Lovelace for the palindrome
    • Nikola Tesla for the cool cars

      Marie Curie for the shiny stuff
      Marie would sometimes sleep with a little jar of radium, gently glowing in the dark next to her bed - a reward for the hard labour of extracting it from pitchblende during the day. Radium was once added to toothpaste and other products for its supposed curative powers.

      Four years after her husband Pierre died (after slipping while crossing the road, one of the wheels of a heavy horse-drawn cart ran over his head), a huge scandal erupted in France when Marie became involved in a torrid love affair with a former student Paul Langevin, who was married with four children. To defend Marie's honour, Langevin challenged a newspaper editor to a duel, though no shots were fired. In an attempt to calm the situation, Einstein argued that "despite her passionate nature, she is not attractive enough to represent a threat to anyone".

      Cool. And i didn't know that Hedy Lamar was also an inventor.

      BTW, doesn't her name sounds like a character from some novel by Raymond Chandler?

      Hedy Lamar: "You're not very tall are you?" Philip Marlowe: "Well, I, uh, I try to be".

      I'll add them all to the wish list. Best regards, Karl

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        I tried searching Raymond Chandler and Heddy Lamarr on Google to see if there was a connection, and google gently told me that it's actually Hedy with a single d (my bad for the mistake, I corrected it in my post). No connection though :P

        And yes she was also an inventor, that's part of the appeal I think, the actress who in her spare time invented a piano-based technology for torpedoes which is now used in Wi-Fi. It just sounds like a comically improbable movie character, which is ironic for an actress :) .

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by Your Mother (Archbishop) on Jul 15, 2017 at 19:28 UTC

    Holy cats. I usually hate these poll things but this one is tight.

      Holy cats
      Erwin Schrödinger for cruelty to cats

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by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Jul 16, 2017 at 11:48 UTC

    A couple more:

    • Albert Einstein for publishing a wedding contract from hell paper to his first wife.
    • Albert Einstein for being a courageous pacifist (one of only three scientists to sign "An appeal to Europeans" pacifist counter-manifesto in response to the earlier "Appeal to the Civilized World" militarist manifesto (signed by 93) in 1914).
    • J Robert Oppenheimer for leading the top secret Manhattan project despite it being widely known that he'd been a member of just about every Communist Front organization on the West Coast.

      Very interesting.

      But i'm not so sure about Oppenheimer. He was granted absolution - or better: he was rehabilitated by Lyndon Johnson, right?

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        Oh sure, the McCarthyist trials of the 1950s were a disgrace and Oppenheimer was falsely convicted. There is no evidence, despite having many communist friends (including his brother Frank and long time girlfriend Jean Tatlock), that Oppenheimer passed on any atomic secrets (unlike Klaus Fuchs, say). Yet I still find it remarkable that the Security apparatus knew all about Oppenheimer's communist associations of the 1930s (even tailing him to a secret romantic liaison with Jean Tatlock in 1943) and wanted him removed, yet General Leslie Groves managed to fight them off time and time again. Groves and Oppenheimer were an odd couple!

        Oppenheimer had an incredibly broad range of interests for a physicist, for example choosing the name "Trinity" from the poetry of John Donne. I love this Paul Dirac anecdote:

        Anecdotally, when Oppenheimer was working at Göttingen, Dirac supposedly came to him one day and said: "Oppenheimer, they tell me you are writing poetry. I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition. In science you want to say something that nobody knew before, in words which everyone can understand. In poetry you are bound to say... something that everybody knows already in words that nobody can understand."

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by shmem (Chancellor) on Jul 17, 2017 at 21:59 UTC

    Burkhard Heim for providing the missing link between science and mystics

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      Added. Thanks and regards, Karl

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