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Pioneers of Instrumentation-March

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This page features Pioneers of Instrumentation born in March. The pictures are thumbnails, so clicking on them will make them larger.




Descartes.jpg (54121 bytes)Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650) is known as “the father of modern philosophy.” In mathematics, he invented the Cartesian coordinate system and analytic geometry. His most famous statement was “I think, therefore I am.”




600px-Albert_Einstein_Head.jpg (35204 bytes)Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) is considered by many to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. He is best known for his theory of relativity, but also made major contributions to quantum theory and statistical mechanics. Einstein was born in Germany, but in the 1930s was granted permanent residence in the United States. He became an American citizen in 1940.



524px-Fourier2.jpg (53014 bytes)Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768 – 1830) was a French physicist and mathematician who is known for investigating the Fourier series and its application to problems of heat flow. The Fourier transform is named after him. In 1827, Fourier observed that atmospheric gases might increase the earth’s temperature; this would later be called the greenhouse effect.




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