Noteworthy People in Mechanics
This exercise is intended to focus your attention on the people whose work made physics what it is. Choose one of the scientists whose names are listed below. Prepare a biographical sketch of your scientist. I am interested in the scientists professional accomplishments as well as his/her personal life. A written summary of your thougts, on the order of 600 words in length, will be due at the appointed day and time whether you are present in school or not. You must file it electronically at my email address. It should be written in the style prescribed by the English department. Be sure to include a bibliography of sources of information and include web site addresses as necessary.
Students in other classes may be doing similar work on your scientist. It is my expectation that each of you will work independently of the others. I take a dim view of plagiarism. Woe be unto him or her who lifts sentences from an internet source without the necessary citation.
To see names in other branches of physics, click here Atomic Optics E & M Thermo
Scientist Your Name Rene Descartes Galileo Galilei l William Herschel & sister . Thomas Savery
James Prescott Joule Johannes Kepler Ernst Mach James Watt Nicholas Copernicus Henry Cavendish Claudius Ptolemy A Michelson/ E. Moreley Isaac Newton Blaise Pascal Henri Poincare H.A. Lorentz Edmund Halley
Aristotle Francis Bacon The Bernoulli Family Tycho Brahe
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