Genius Series: The most influential scientist of all time
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- Our third genius is Sir Isaac Newton. His contributions to science are nearly impossible to overstate.
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If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants.
– Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton is perhaps the most influential scientist of all time. He discovered and formulated the law of gravity, the classical laws of motion, the nature of color and optics, and invented calculus in his spare time. He invented the reflecting telescope, determined why the planets don't move in perfect circles, and he later went on to invent the little indentations around the side of coins when he was the Master of the Mint for Great Britain. His contributions to science are nearly impossible to overstate.
He's also the reason behind Neil deGrasse Tyson's classic meme.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: My man, Sir Isaac Newton
The White House is reportedly considering an executive order that would open up public access to scientific research.
- The White House issued its 2021 budget request to Congress on Feb. 10.
- The request includes deep cuts to many federal science agencies, though it also calls for more funding into certain research, including NASA.
- The administration could soon mandate that all federally funded research be published without paywalls, a move that many researchers seem to support.
A new report calls on the departments of certain scientific fields to double the number of black students by 2030.
- A new report calls for doubling the number of undergrad degrees awarded to black students in physics and astronomy by 2030.
- In the United States, black students earned a total of 223 bachelor's degrees in physics and just 10 in astronomy in 2018.
- The report found that unsupportive environments in physics and astronomy departments and systemic financial challenges faced by black students contributed to the underrepresentation of black students.
Belief systems aren't necessarily dangerous until they're spread by someone with influence.
- What is the point of debate when one side the argument is objectively true? There is none.
- That is, unless the incorrect arguer has the ability to influence the masses. When a relatively famous musician began spewing flat Earth views on social media, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson knew he had to jump in the ring and defend science with science.
- General belief systems aren't a threat, but it's important to combat incorrect and dangerous views when they have a chance of pervading greater society.
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