Things you didn't know they invented.

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Things you didn't know they invented.

Post by ceptimus » Sat Jun 26, 2004 3:52 pm

Famous scientists and their not so famous inventions. I'll start you off with a couple:

Einstein invented the Gas (heat) powered fridge, now popular in motorhomes and RVs.

Newton invented the cat-flap.

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Post by latinijral » Sat Jun 26, 2004 11:48 pm

Carlos told me once that an Ecuadorian invented the submarine.

Good thread Ceptimus....congratulations.

In this thread we can talk too about inventors that lost the credits of theri inventions because they forgot to reported it or didn`t make the pattent.
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Post by Doctor X » Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:54 am

Edison invented concrete homes and furniture . . . not one of his best efforts!

Hedy Lamarr invented a signaling device for torpedoes.

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Post by Kilted_Canuck » Sun Jun 27, 2004 4:39 am

I know Edison DIDN'T invent lots of things...he just stole them from their true inventors. :x

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Post by swellman » Sun Jun 27, 2004 6:06 am

Kilted_Canuck wrote:I know Edison DIDN'T invent lots of things...he just stole them from their true inventors. :x
Evidence?

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Post by Doctor X » Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:52 am

Check out Nicola Tesla.

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Post by DanishDynamite » Sun Jun 27, 2004 3:07 pm

Somewhat off-topic, but something that has always struck a cord with me is the following fact about Newton (from Wikipedia):
Newton was also a member of Parliament from 1689 to 1690 and in 1701, but his only recorded comments were to complain about a cold draft in the chamber and request that the window be closed.
The above implies that Newton held similar views as to the relative importance of politics vs. science as I do.

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Post by swellman » Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:09 pm

Doctor X wrote:Check out Nicola Tesla.

--J.D.
Sorry, I'm really not trying to be dense, but I still don't understand. Tesla got fucked by Edison in a business deal, and later vilified by Edison in his desperate measures to keep DC the industry standard, but how does that equate to Edison stealing the inventions of other men and calling them his own?

I always heard it was Marconi who screwed Tesla more than anyone else.