The Oxford Dictionary defines science as “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Science comprises all manner of disciplines, from chemistry to physics, from biology to astronomy, these studies have not only taught us much about the world around us but also helped to save countless lives through cures for disease and technological innovations.
We owe so much to the great scientists of history and their colossal achievements. In my latest article, we are going to highlight 10 of history’s great scientists, touching on who they are and what makes them so worthy of adulation.
Albert Einstein: The Whole Package
A crowd barged past dioramas, glass displays and wide-eyed security guards in the American Museum of Natural History. Screams rang out as some runners fell and were trampled. Upon arriving at a lecture hall, the mob broke down the door.
The date was Jan. 8, 1930, and the New York museum was showing a film about Albert Einstein and his general theory of relativity. Einstein was not present, but 4,500 mostly ticketless people still showed up for the viewing. Museum officials told them “no ticket, no show,” setting the stage for, in the words of the Chicago Tribune, “the first science riot in history.”