Ancient Greek scientist Eratosthenes used nothing more than shadows, geometry, and a guy he hired to pace out the distance between two cities to determine that the earth was curved, and roughly 40 thousand kilometers in circumference, and he was right.
A UCSD scientist used physics to get himself out of a $400 traffic ticket. He was issued a traffic ticket for failing to completely stop at a stop sign. Instead of paying the ticket, the physicist fought the citation by writing a four-page paper explaining how the ticket he was given defies physics. The paper explained how what the officer “thought” he saw, he didn’t really see, according to the laws of physics.
Nikola Tesla was in favor of sterilizing criminals and mentally unstable and believed that by 2100 no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny.
During the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, 9 Soviet scientists died of starvation while protecting the world’s largest seed bank, refusing to eat what they saw as their country’s future.
The people of Denmark were justifiably proud when one of their own, Niels Bohr, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. The famous Carlsberg brewery marked the occasion by giving him a house and piping fresh beer into it continuously, straight from the brewery.
Nikola Tesla was an advocate of sterilizing criminal, people with mental problems and believed that by 2100 people who aren’t “desirable parents” shouldn’t be able to breed.
The guy who discovered Pluto is on his way there as you read this.