PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE and METAPHILOSOPHY
Some of the greatest human beings in science and philosophy.I have always admired people that made evolutionary improvement or contributions to mankind or society. Here I list some of my heroes.
Leonardo da Vinci
“A genius in art and science”
"The master of masters"The greatest genius in the 2nd millenium, in my opinion By any standards, Leonardo da Vinci, was an extraordinany man. He empitomized the Renaissance, ideal of the polymate, - artist, raconteur, musician, scientist, mathematician, and engineer, - a man of many talents with an insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)
(Germ.) Physicist Man of the 20th Century
.Believed in the power of imagination
. Nobel Prize in Physics 1921
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
And Albert Einstein about Madame Curie in memoriam: " It is the work qualities of its leading personalities that are perhaps of even greater significance for a generation and for the course of history than purely intellectual accomplishments. Even the latter are, to a far greater degree than is commonly credited , dependent on the statue of character."
Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Pol./Fre.) Physicist, One of the greatest female scientists ever lived. (1867 – 1934):
This exceptional woman is one of the greatest female scientists in natural sciences, who discovered polonium and radium, and received two Nobel prices.
1903 Nobel Laureate in Physics
(with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel)
in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel.
1911 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element.
Quotes of Madame Curie:
"One must ask oneself if humanity gains anything by learning the secrets of nature, if humanity is ready to profit from this or whether such knowledge may not be destructive for it ".
"I am among those who think that Science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as thoughthey were fairy tales".
" Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that ? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained".
Her eldest daughter Irene (19?? – 19??) and her son in law, Frederic Joliot-(Curie) (19??-19??) , followed in Madame Curie’s footsteps, with the discovery of artificial radiactivity for which they received the Nobel price in Physics 1935
in recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements.
Eve Curie Labouisse (1904 - ??) is the youngest daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie . After her mother died in 1934, Eve Curie researched and wrote the internationally known and best selling book, Madame Curie. She later wrote Journey Among Warriors, a chronicle of her travel to the fronts of World War II.
Daisetz Suzuki (Jap.) Zen-buddhist (1870-1966 ).
One of the world leading Zen-buddhists.
Daisetz Suzuki(1870-1966)dedicated his entire life to practice Buddhism/Zen and share its essence in his own way with the world. Here are a few comments made about him by those who were close to him or had brief encounter with him.
Definition of satori = enlightenment
Erich Fromm (Amer.) Psychoanalyst, (1900-1980 ), world famous for his books on the human future and lifestyle.
"The situation of mankind is too serious to permit us to listen to the demagogues - least of all demagogues who are attracted to destruction - or even to the leaders who use only their brains and whose hearts have hardened. Critical and radical thought will only bear fruit when it is blended with the most precious quality man is endowed with - the love of life."
Erich Fromm (1973) The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, page 438
His most important books:
The art of loving
The san society
Escape from freedom
The anatomy of human destructiveness
and : Zen Buddhism and psychoanalysis (Fromm, Suzuki & Martino)
Linus Pauling (Amer.) Chemist,(1901-1994) “The chemical bond”
Two times Nobel laureate, 1954 in Chemistry, 1959 Peace Prize
Thor Heyerdahl (Norw.) (1914 – 2002) Explorer, etnologist, zoologist. Famous for his expeditions on
Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku, Eastern Island, Ra, Tigris
Arne Næss (Norw.) (1912 - )
Philosopher, ecosoph, mountain climber.
Founder of the deep ecology movement and ecophilosophy.
INTERVIEWS WITH ARNE NÆSS:
PÅ HALLINGSKARVETS TAK (en fottur til Folarskarnuten)
Interview with Arne Næss in Fredrikstad blad and Qultura-magazine
Erling Johansen (Norw.) (1919 – 2000) The most exceptional self-taught man I ever have known. (SE FREDRIKSTAD BLAD) MY PHILOSOPHY IS TO LIVE UP TO THE RULES AND MEANS OF THE FOLLOWING,- SIMPLE , - BUT YET SO DIFFICULT !