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#7 - blackandwhitegod (04/28/2013) [-]
Whoever made this clearly has little concept of actual science.

Neil and Sagan shouldn't even be on the list but they are because "hur atheists are cool and super smart."

Most of these guys aren't that important. There are far more intelligent / important scientists. But they don't get on the list because pop culture.

And seriously Machiavelli? The philosopher? Are you ******* stupid. His works dealt with economics and politics.
User avatar #8 to #7 - godtherapist (05/02/2013) [-]
This list is comprised of VISIBLE scientists. Do you know what that means? Visibility is sometimes more important than influence. Stephen Hawking is a very smart man. Brilliant in his way but is no where close to the best in his field. Ask any lay person about astrophysics and they will probably bring up Hawking.

I personally enjoy the idea of idealizing people in scientific fields. Science and Learning get a bad name in many circles in America and to have a list of people who are going to work towards making the sciences more mainstream is a benefit for us all.

And, point in fact, Machiavelli should definitively be in this list. While Philosophy and Economics are seen as soft sciences they are a required and important part of our understanding of the world around us and the societies we choose to live in.
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