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"Remember Your Creator in the days of your youth." - Ecclesiastes 12:1 NIV (Holy Bible)

Dedicated to inspirational minds....


"I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries." - Marie Curie (1867-1934)...."Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." - William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)....."To spread knowledge is to spread well-being...." – Alfred Nobel (1833-1896)......"I praise you, LORD, for being my guide. Even in the darkest night, your teachings fill my mind." - Psalm 16.7 (CEV)...."Remember Your Creator in the days of your youth." - Ecclesiastes 12:1 NIV....."To forget is a risk - therefore let's remember!" - Berthold Viertel...."Night and day I mention you in my prayers." - 2 Timothy 1.3a CEV....."If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants." - Sir Isaac Newton


MAJORANA: There are scientists who "happen" only once in every 500 years, like Archimedes or Newton. And there are scientists who happen only once or twice in a century, like Einstein or Bohr.

FERMI: But where do I come in, Majorana?

MAJORANA: Be reasonable, Enrico! I am not talking about you or me. I am talking about Einstein and Bohr.


S. Chandrasekhar (1983 Nobel Laureate in Physics)
Truth and Beauty (1987); Source: A Centennial Report: MRS Bulletin 2000



"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."Jonathan Swift

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"If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants." - Sir Isaac Newton
Genius of Science
"Genius is born, not paid." - Oscar Wilde
Aristotle (384 BC)
Aristotle was born in Stagirus, or Stagira, or Stageirus, on the Chalcidic peninsula of northern Greece. His father was Nicomachus, a medical doctor, while his mother was named Phaestis. Nicomachus was certainly living in Chalcidice when Aristotle was born and he had probably been born in that region. Aristotle's mother, Phaestis, came from Chalcis in Euboea and her family owned property there......

"Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art." - Oscar Wilde
Archimedes (287 BC)
Greek mathematician who flourished in Sicily. He is generally considered to be the greatest mathematician of ancient times. Most of the facts about his life come from a biography about the Roman soldier Marcellus written by the Roman biographer Plutarch....
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"Talent works; genius creates." - Schumann
Leonardo de Vinci (1452-1519)
It was the period of the renaissance when Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452. Leonardo was born probably in this farmhouse in Anchiano, which is 3 km away from Vinci. The family of Leonardo lived in this area since the 13th century....

"The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth." - Goethe
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
Nicolaus Copernicus, born in Thorn, Poland, was a cleric, a canon lawyer, and a physician; by inclination. In spite of poor eyesight, he was an established portrait painter, an astute astronomer, a great mathematician, and finally destined to become, one of the seminal figures in the history of science through his heliocentric doctrine...

"The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction." - Samuel Johnson
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564, 21 years after the death of Copernicus and three days before the death of Michelangelo......At the age of 11, he was sent to study in a Jesuit monastery. Galileo, after four years decided on his life’s mission. He announced to his father that he wanted to be…….. a monk ! His father had something different in his mind for his gifted son. As a result he was immediately withdrawn from the monastery. At the age of seventeen, Galileo entered the University of Pisa to study medicine as per his father’s wish...
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"No great genius has ever been without some madness." - Aristotle
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
Johannes Kepler was born in Weil der Stadt in Swabia, in southwest Germany. His paternal grandfather, Sebald Kepler, was a respected craftsman who served as mayor of the city; his maternal grandfather, Melchior Guldenmann, was an innkeeper and mayor of the nearby village of Eltingen. His father, Heinrich Kepler, was "an immoral, rough and quarrelsome soldier," according to Kepler, and he described his mother in similar unflattering terms. From 1574 to 1576 Johannes lived with his grandparents; in 1576 his parents moved to nearby Leonberg, where Johannes entered the Latin school. In 1584 he entered the Protestant seminary at Adelberg, and in 1589 he began his university education at the Protestant university of Tübingen. Here he studied theology and read widely. He passed the M.A. examination in 1591 and continued his studies as a graduate student......

"Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)
Christiaan Huygens came from an important Dutch family. His father Constantin Huygens had studied natural philosophy and was a diplomat. It was through him that Christiaan was to gain access to the top scientific circles of the times. In particular Constantin had many contacts in England and corresponded regularly with Mersenne and was a friend of Descartes. Tutored at home by private teachers until he was 16 years old, Christiaan learned geometry, how to make mechanical models and social skills such as playing the lute. His mathematical education was clearly influenced by Descartes who was an occasional visitor at the Huygens' home and took a great interest in the mathematical progress of the young Christiaan....

"Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night: God said, Let Newton be! and all was light." - Alexander Pope
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Sir Isaac Newton was born in 1642, on the auspicious day of Christmas, in the Manor House at the Hamlet of Woolsthorpe, in Lincolnshire. He was born prematurely and was very small at birth. It is a coincidence that his great scientific predecessor Galileo died in the same year. His father was uneducated and vagrant and a weak man......His adult life was to be marred by uncontrollable rages, paranoid vindictiveness and occasional mental instability. Even though he loved his mother she abandoned him. He did not hate her....He consulted the Bible to find out the wishes of God, the father, and retained this habit throughout his life. In the ever-booming field of Newtonian psychological studies, most have agreed that Newton was carried away by a strong unconscious need to know his father. From his faith he knew that God, the father created the universe, leaving certain clues as to its ultimate nature and His ultimate intentions.....
Sir Isaac Newton - Knight Gallant of Science
(A Biography in Verse)

On a Christmas day in sleepy Woolsthorpe1
Science descried her glimmer of hope;
A spark, later a blinding fireball
Of genius, dispelling darkness all.
Thus was born Science’s prodigy son
In the persona of Isaac Newton.
Isaac’s eyes on his father ne’er rested,
The latter, from the world having earlier parted;
And so it was that Newton, the famous
To his father was a child posthumous.
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Biographical poem on Sir Isaac Newton (PDF format)

Courtesy: Nelliah Hariharan

"Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can." - Owen Meredith Earl of Lytton
Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794)
Lavoisier Antoine Laurent, a French chemist and physicist was born in Paris in 1743. He belonged to a family of lawyers. Though he studied law, he did not take up the profession. Lavoisier was much inclined towards the different branches of Science. He perfected the results of many a scientific findings. To finance his investigations, he took up the job of farmer–general of taxes, and from here followed a string of jobs, making his presence felt in every field that he ventured in.....

"Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius." - Gibbon
Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Faraday, an individual admired and adored by the masses, was among the great scientific minds of the 19th century. A British physicist and chemist, he is best known for his discoveries of electro-magnetic rotation, electro-magnetic induction and the dynamo. The practical applications of electricity – the great invention, had its origin in the discoveries made by this greatest experimentalist of Britain. His discoveries have shaped our lives and are revolutionizing the universe even today. He never expected wealth or honor and remained a quiet, religious man throughout his life. His unmitigated faith in nature influenced every endeavor of his scientific quests: his motivation for research; his theoretical orientation; the experimental problems he pursued; his interpretation of worldly phenomena and his attempts at popularizing science.....

"Genius . . . is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one." - Ezra Pound
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist. It was his innate curiosity, initiative originality and the ruthless application of honesty that made him such a great researcher. He was an example that extensive research is something much more than feats of logic or memory. His Origin of Species (1859) created a major upheaval in those times. As such the church still had a stronghold on matters such as evolution....Though he preferred to call himself an agnostic, deep down he believed in the concept of that power 'God'. He was sure that the feeling of happiness that arose in one’s mind was the creation of God. DARWINISM still continues to be in the limelight for its underlying laxities and in-spite of it all, it shall continue to be one of the most pioneering works in the field of Evolution...

"A man of genius makes no mistakes. His Errors are the portals of discovery." - James Joyce
Thomas Alva Edision (1847-1931)
Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison was not born into poverty in a backwater mid-western frontier town. Actually, he was born (on Feb. 11, 1847) to middle-class parents in the bustling port of Milan, Ohio, a community that - next to Odessa, Russia - was the largest wheat shipping center in the world. In 1854, his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, which ultimately surpassed the preeminence of both Milan and Odessa...

"Genius never desires what does not exist." - Kierkegaard
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
A noted chemist and physicist Marie Sklodowska Curie was the youngest child of her family. Manya was the affectionate name of Marya Sklodowska. She had four elder sisters Sophie, Bronya, Hela and Maria, and one brother named Joseph. Marie was a girl with rough hair and red skin, born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867....

"Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature." - Blair
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955)
Born on August 6, 1881 in Ayrshire, a remote village of Scotland, Alexander Fleming was the seventh child among the eight children born in the Fleming family. Hugh Fleming was a farmer, who married twice. He had four children by his first wife. He married again at the age of 60 to Grace Morton, who bore him four children. Grace managed to bring about unison among all the children. Alexander, fondly called Alec, was the third child of this union. By the time of Alec's birth, his father was quite an aged man, and had suffered from stroke. He was worried about the safety of his family's future. He died when Alexander was quite young...

"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information." - Winston Churchill
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in the small town of Ulm, in southern Germany, near the source of Europe's longest river, the Danube. His parents, Hermann and Pauline were Jewish.......School was an unpleasant experience for Einstein. He was disgusted by how war strategies were taught at school and he had disgust for the military discipline that prevailed in most German schools. The teachers weren't so happy about how Einstein was doing and once, one of his teachers told him; "you know Einstein, you will never amount to anything." Einstein loved music. He started learning violin at the age of six till thirteen...

"Even if you're not a genius, you can use the same strategies as Aristotle and Einstein to harness the power of your creative mind and better manage your future." - Michael Michalko

??? (21st century) - Who will be the next Newton or Einstein.....

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