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    Don't forget Schroedinger and Heisenberg for germany. Was Heisenberg jewish? I don't think so, but maybe.

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    Newton - Calculus, not many greater achievements in maths than this
    Leibniz.
    Out of life's school of war...

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    Icelanders, where would the world be without singed sheep-heads and the revolutional way to store animal entrails for food by pouring milk-acids over them and keeping it in a barrel!?

    Feast yourselves on this!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcs
    Leibniz.
    Leibniz's notation is very useful, but Newton explained all of calculus from fundamental principles, he effectively derived why such formulae were true. I don't think Leibniz did.

    Newton went on to use his calculus to prove that the entire mass of the earth could be integrated over and treated as if though all the mass was at the centre. An important generalization which is quite a feat for someone of his day. Important when considering Keplerian motion of the planets. Their orbits can be predicted to good accuracy using 'newton's theory of gravitation' (later corrected by Einstein).

    Are you familiar with Newtonian Mechanics? And Newton's 3 principle laws of motion? Very, very, very (I can't stress this enough) important to physics and they still apply widely. It was only until Einstein proved this to be incorrect for strong gravity fields and that time is not universal, as Newton had conjectured.


    Newton >> Leibniz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landser
    Schroedinger
    He stumbled upon his famous formula. Probably guessed at what was needed and found a fitting form. The equation is of eigenvector form taking into account the wave function of a particle (new idea then) along with Hamiltonian mechanics (already known), bunged them together and hey presto!
    Was it him or was it his mysterious mistress that discovered the formula? (He was married too, btw).

    That famous formula was later generalized by Dirac, see my above statement of the Dirac wave equation. Dirac's equation considered relativistic effects.

    That was a longer side track that I hoped for. Apologies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landser
    Don't forget Schroedinger and Heisenberg for germany. Was Heisenberg jewish? I don't think so, but maybe.
    Heisenberg wasn't Jewish, but Niels Bohr his friend and mentor was half Jewish. A lot of the theoretical physicists during the Third Reich were Jewish, not because of some extra inate aptitude but because they were prevented from working in the more prestigious field of experimental physics, which at that time included rocket science, jet science and other weapons technology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extreme_Nord
    England by far! We gave the world Newton, Darwin, Watts, Shakespeare, Rutherford, Maxwell, too many to list. Least amount of contributions: Ireland.
    I am not going to get into a slagging-match about who has contributed more than whom, thats just , but off the top of my head I can name at least ten Irish inventions, no bother;

    1) The water-proof towel

    2) The Solar powered flashlight

    3) The Submarine screen door

    4) The first 'teach yourself to read' book

    5) The Inflatable dart board

    6) A dictionary index

    7) An Ejector seat for a helicopter

    8) Powdered water

    9)The Pedal-powered wheel chair

    10) The Water-proof tea bag

    A and I am nearly certain there are others.. any suggestions? :
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God
    I am not going to get into a slagging-match about who has contributed more than whom, thats just , but off the top of my head I can name at least ten Irish inventions, no bother;

    1) The water-proof towel

    2) The Solar powered flashlight

    3) The Submarine screen door

    4) The first 'teach yourself to read' book

    5) The Inflatable dart board

    6) A dictionary index

    7) An Ejector seat for a helicopter

    8) Powdered water

    9)The Pedal-powered wheel chair

    10) The Water-proof tea bag

    A and I am nearly certain there are others.. any suggestions? :
    ....Priceless! :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Paladin
    1 White Russian.
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    25 Beers & 15 shots of Vodka.

    I live with one...I know.:laugh:


    In relation to the original Thread....What specific 'achievements'?
    I would say Britain. On terms of endurance. A hard nut to crack!
    Germany....for technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skadi Ju87
    What specific 'achievements'?
    I would say Britain. On terms of endurance. A hard nut to crack!
    Really? Nearly anyone who has tried has succeeded.
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