(Hat tip to the bad astronomer for the photo)
Here at Turbine we are rather fond of scientists (had you spotted that?) And as such this post is by way of tribute to a few of our favourites astronomers and astrophysicists in particular, and the inspiration they excite.
- Albert Einstein. Yes an obvious choice, but an absolutely necessary one. Not only responsible for the theory of relativity, but a wise and eminently quotable scientist whose insights such as ‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough’ are equally as applicable to writers (such as myself) as to scientists, programmers and business-minds alike.
- Jocelyn Bell Burnell. An astrophysicist who was instrumental in the discovery of radio pulsars, but who was sidelined when her supervisor received the nobel prize for that very discovery. She is also a great fan of poetry, and utterly charming and accepting when you hear her talk about her career.
- Carl Sagan. ‘We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.’ Responsible for inspiring countless generations of children about the wonders of the universe with his TV series, and accompanying book, ‘Cosmos’, some consider his passion and commitment to his work to have been almost magical.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson. How can you not be inspired by this ever-popular physicist and phenomenal communicator. He has a way of translating complex, mind-boggling concepts into an idea that not only makes sense, but more importantly, makes you want to find out more. Just as he does below: