February 15, 2008
It theoretical science it would be fascinating to have a Theory of Everything - or at least a successful theory of quantum gravity, having two theories (Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity) that are extraordinarily successful and accurate each in their own realm but that contradict each other is, to say the least, uncomfortable... In applied science it would be great to finally have a practical way to produce fusion energy, and also tackle the many environmental problems that plague us nowadays such as global warming, etc.
From ancient times, Archimedes - who pretty much discovered Calculus two thousand years before Newton and Leibniz, and made great scientific progress in various areas. Newton was also an extraordinary genius, I wonder what he could have accomplished if hadn't wasted most of his time and energy studying theology... Then the last great polymath of the 20th century, John von Neumann, who made extraordinary contributions to many areas such as Mathematics, Physics, Computer science and Economics. I am also an admirer of that great thinker, Bertrand Russell, a great logician and also one of few philosophers in history with real knowledge of how the world actually works.
Mainly publications such as Scientific American, and talks like the Fermilab lecturers series.
Ex-math teacher and computer scientist, currently working as computer system administrator in a university.