If you were given a chance to meet a scientist who would it be?

  • metta

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    Aug 14, 2016 6:02 PM GMT
  • buddycat

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    Aug 14, 2016 6:15 PM GMT
    Steven Hawking
  • metta

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    Aug 14, 2016 11:26 PM GMT
    Alan Turing, and I would try to convince him to not take the drugs the government was forcing him to take....that he was wonderful just the way he was.
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    Aug 14, 2016 11:34 PM GMT
    Nikola Effing Tesla.
  • UMayNeverKnow

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    Aug 15, 2016 1:47 AM GMT
  • DannyLugo

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    Aug 15, 2016 2:02 AM GMT
    Nicola Tesla:-) Above brilliant man whom humanity has forgotten but owes much of its present advances. Creator of the earthquake machine, the Tesla death ray, and the Tesla Roadster. NO JOKE CAR B SIK!!!
  • bro4bro

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    Aug 15, 2016 3:02 AM GMT
    I'm a scientist, anyone wanna meet me?

    But to answer the question I'd have to go with Einstein. It may sound like a trite response to a lot of you, but I think you have to be a physicist to comprehend the magnitude of what he accomplished. He basically threw away the book, started from scratch and wrote a whole new one. By comparison, Steve Hawking is just a toad in a wheelchair who got a speak-and-spell for Christmas.
  • mwolverine

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    Aug 15, 2016 3:53 AM GMT
    If Einstein came over for dinner, we'd probably end up talking about things other than science.
    (Which is good, cause after a few minutes I'd be lost.)

    I think given such an incredible opportunity I'd want to go further back in time.
    Probably Galileo, with Newton as my alternate.
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    Aug 15, 2016 4:55 AM GMT
    Well, I happen to be a scientist. And until the last few years, pretty much everyone I knew was one too.
    I have met quite a few of recently famous ones. Or at least the people you tend to see on "The Discovry Channel" and the like. Some of them I'd rather not know. Scientists are just people, you know. People who can speak in complete sentences and do math.

    Pretty much every time a group of scientists meet each other for the first time, there is a ritual butt-sniffing type of activity which involves a long, detailed, but ultimately pointless debate on how to properly calculate the respective resolutions of phone cameras and telescopes. Or the Gibbs Free Energy of Snickers bars. Or something else which looses all relevance after the first decimal point (though of course, for form, one goes for fourteen.) You know... When nerdiosity is more dominant than biceps.

    Some of the best money I've ever spent was sitting quietly at a table of Nobel laureates and/or NASA old-timers, saying little, but buying bottle after bottle of wine. (I swam in those circles for a little while, in the mid-90's. Hell, I still have some of their phone numbers.)

    I think I would have liked to have gotten drunk with Peter Mitchell, Richard Feynman, and J Harlen Bretz, just off the top of my head.
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    Aug 15, 2016 4:58 AM GMT
    Michael Faraday. Unlike others, he could have been killed for what he illuminated.
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    Aug 15, 2016 7:46 AM GMT
    I would have to choose Leonardo da Vinci
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    Aug 15, 2016 9:25 AM GMT
    If we're not including the living, first would be Sir Isaac Newton. To be in the presence of sheer genius would make me tremble. Second would be Leonardo da Vinci. His creative mind was all over the place, a wonder to watch operate.

    Third would be Albert Einstein. Not that I would comprehend any of his physics. But rather, I've read he had a silly and mischievous sense of humor, plus loved serious music and played a bit himself. In that we'd be alike, and might communicate on those levels.
  • Eleven

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    Aug 15, 2016 3:50 PM GMT
    Einstein, mandelbrot and tesla would make interesting dinner guests, we could all smoke some dmt together
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    Aug 15, 2016 3:58 PM GMT
    Dr Michio Kaku! I'd be all like.. "let's leave the simple rhetorical shit for the NBC cameras and get down to business"
  • Corby

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    Aug 16, 2016 12:35 AM GMT
    Ernest Everett Just

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