I_Am_Weasel: he and his cohorts began publicly electrocuting animals- and cats,, and even, notoriously, "Topsy" the elephant.Poor Topsy...[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x225]
EngineerAU: List fails without Tycho Brahe. When you go through life with a metal nose because your natural one was cut off in duel with your third cousin over an academic disagreement, you might have an attitude problem.
Copperbelly watersnake: I'm surprised they left off Watson and Crick for failing to recognize the woman who did a lot of the ground work on the discovery of DNA.
idsfa: No mention of BHA?
Amish Tech Support: Good no Carl Sagan. I would have to go all Jihad if they had Carl Sagan.
J. Frank Parnell: idsfa: No mention of BHA?Much like Edison, it will be decades until the scientific dicks of our time are unmasked and ridiculed./and aspartame is easily the most insidious scientific fraud of our time
palan: J. Frank Parnell: idsfa: No mention of BHA?Much like Edison, it will be decades until the scientific dicks of our time are unmasked and ridiculed./and aspartame is easily the most insidious scientific fraud of our timeEntertaining side note: Aspartame was discovered as a sweetener when a chemist working on an ulcer medication licked his fingers to grab a piece of paper and noticed how sweet it was.Also saccharin and sucralose also came from poor laboratory safety.
You Are All Sheep: Wasn't Edison more of a businessman than a scientist?
NostroZ: The most interesting question is why do we idolize PEOPLE? We know that they have faults, like us, or anyone else... yet we attempt to make them PERFECT.
Mikey1969: Not according to all of our Elementary School teachers... Hell, they even call him an "inventor" in nearly everything about him, when really all he was was a a businessman, like you said. He hired people and then stole their ideas, and history gives HIM the credit for inventing them.
Dwight_Yeast: Mikey1969: Not according to all of our Elementary School teachers... Hell, they even call him an "inventor" in nearly everything about him, when really all he was was a a businessman, like you said. He hired people and then stole their ideas, and history gives HIM the credit for inventing them.The real reassessment of Edison started in the 1970s. When I was in elementary school, we were given the standard rags-to-riches story; by the time I got to high school Edison was being portrayed as a showman and self-promoter who knew how to hire the right people and to throw money at it.When I went to his lab in East Orange as a kid, about 1990, the Park guides were clear that Edison didn't invent the phonograph (the one invention attributed as being solely his own work). Back in the 1970s, a historian had found that a Frenchman had discovered how to transcribe sound waves onto a paper or glass disc. His article on the subject was published in an obscure French journal, so most Edison supporters claimed he could never have seen it.Until the Park Service inventoried Edison's library in the 1980s and found... a full run of that obscure French journal. Edison had once again found someone else's idea and improved on it.
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