Huffington Post has a great slideshow about these top 7 science moments…


1) Archimedes is best known for discovering the Archimedes’ principle, which “states that a body immersed in fluid loses weight equal to the weight of the amount of fluid it displaces.” (University of Hawaii). In other words, Archimedes explained why we weigh less in water.

2) Copernicus, who proposed the very unpopular idea that we revolve around the sun. The catholic church was quite unhappy with his claim that Earth is not, in fact, the center of the universe.

3) Alexander von Humboldt, known as the ‘greatest scientific traveler who ever lived’, pioneered scientific observation techniques when he reported his geographical and ecological findings in South America. Darwin followed in his footsteps.

4) Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, known as the founder of modern chemistry, discovered elements (such as oxygen and hydrogen) and formulated many of the chemistry laws we follow today. He is why modern chemistry teachers insist on meticulous documentation, measurements, and formulas. Too bad he lost his head in the French Revolution.

5) Ernest Rutherford discovered the atomic nucleus, transmutation of the elements, and is the early 1900’s version of experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter.

6) Carl Linneaus, dubbed the ‘father of taxonomy’, not only started our classification system of living organisms (think genus, and canine vs. feline) and zoology, but also pissed off the masses by talking about freaky plant sex.

7) Andreas Vesalius, made famous for his precisely detailed drawings of human anatomy. He was so good, in fact, the local judge set Andreas up with a steady supply of corpses from the gallows. Dunno if I’d want to be standing trial in front of that judge.