Common Characteristics of Scientists

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Over the course of history, there have been many great scientists. Ranging from Enrico Fermi to Albert Einstein, the contributions made by these men and women have dramatically changed society then, now, and forever in the future There are three characteristics which all the great scientists possess, they are all: intelligent, curious, and persistent. These scientists will all be remembered as pioneers in their respective fields because what they did has changed the world forever.
The word “smart” is an understatement when it comes to the likes of Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Otto Hahn, and Ernest Rutherford. All of these men, and the ones not mentioned, were nothing short of complete geniuses. Einstein is credited with the discovery of the Theory of Relativity in which he created the formula E=MC^2. Newton discovered his laws of motion. Hahn was the first to discover nuclear fission, and Rutherford discovered the nucleus in an atom. All of these people had great minds, and they helped to greater the scientific world with their talents. The book says that Einstein’s discovery was “…one of the major intellectual achievements of all time (80).” He along with all of the other scientists used their minds to do what others could not. They “dreamed” about how the universe works; what was really possible and what was not. All of their minds were great, but unlike most they could stretch their knowledge to make ground breaking discoveries like they did. These people are all very important to us because of what they did with their intelligence. Without their research, drive, and intelligence our world would not be anything close to what it is today, good or bad.
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...o great accomplishments. A women as the head of such as large program was unheard of back then and in some cases still is today. Regardless of sex, the scientists all mentioned in the book are role models. They show us that when you put your mind to something you can accomplish it.
All of the scientists were intelligent, curious, and persistent. All of the people mentioned in the book show us that these three characteristics are essential to becoming a scholar. The men and women who dedicate their lives to science not only help to greater their generation, but also the many more to come after them. What truly makes a scientist great is not how smart, curious, or persistent he or she is, but what they do with their knowledge to benefit others.

Works Cited

Bodanis, David. E "=" Mc 2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation. New York: Walker, 2000. Print.
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