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Comment 5 pillars of science and link to 80 more (Score 1) 451

1. Euclid of Alexandria, "Elements" (300 B.C.). 2. Archimedes, "The Works of Archimedes", (ca. 250 BC), translation by Thomas Heath, Dover Publications (2002). [First mathematical physicist on record]. 3. G. Galilei, "Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche intorno a due nuove scienze" ("Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences"), Leiden, Louis Elsevier (1638). [Mechanics, kinematics, theory of inertia] 4. I. Newton, "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy") (1687). [Laws of motion] 5. J.C. Maxwell, "A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 155, 459-512 (1865). Cfr. "Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism", Dover Publications (1954) [Theory of electromagnetism]. For fundamental scientific works in 20th century, see

Submission + - The whirling machines replicating our DNA (

xantox writes: "Using computer animation based on current molecular research it is now possible to see how "the book of life" is actually copied in living cells. This animation shows the outstanding "assembly line" of molecular machines, which pull apart the DNA double helix at the speed of a jet engine, and output a copy of each strand. About 1000 nucleotides are synthetized each second, with less than one error per billion. One strand is copied continuously, while the other is copied backwards in loops, one section at a time. The end result is two new DNA molecules."

Comment Re:Celestia image (Score 3, Interesting) 133

An actual photo of an eclipse was taken from the moon, by the Surveyor 3 mission in 1967. I made an artificial color version of it, showing the red color refracted from Earth atmosphere (coming from all simultaneous sunrises and sunsets) at 2/27/en/ (click on "Eclipse seen from the moon" to open the image).

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