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Hermann von Helmholtz – posted by Mrs. Peel March 30, 2006

Posted by Mrs. Peel in AA - Uncategorized.
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The scientists' flame war going on at AOSHQ reminded me of Hermann von Helmholtz, who is the absolute sexiest scientist ever. I first read about him in a stupid epistemology class I had to take, and fell in love with him the second I read an excerpt from a letter he wrote to his father while at college, in which he stated that when bored, he liked to play the piano, and "sometimes for a change the integral calculus."

That's right, folks. He did integral calculus for fun.

Somehow, you just know he would have loved D&D.

The real reason I like Hermann von Helmholtz so much is that he was the first biomedical engineer. He wanted to study physics, but had to study medicine because of financial difficulties (there were scholarships available to medical students). But he never lost his love for physics, and continued to study it on his own. He applied his knowledge of optics to the human eye, and invented the ophthalmoscope, which is still used today in a form nearly identical to his original invention.

He loved electrical engineering, too, and got into electromagnetism later in life. He predicted EM radiation from Maxwell's equations, and the Helmholtz equation is named for him.

Seriously, this guy could so have his way with me.

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1. Dave in Texas - March 30, 2006

oh dear GOD you had to post about this schmuck.

ok. I posted about Taft.

he was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court you know.

2. Mrs. Peel - March 30, 2006

I wouldn’t have posted about him if you hadn’t posted about Taft.

And he’s not a schmuck. He’s a GENIUS. He’s even sexier than Jimmy Stewart.

3. Dave in Texas - March 31, 2006

I absolutely DESPISED calculus. Integrals are for Reinemachefraulein!

4. Ernie Helmholtz - March 31, 2006

the Helmholtz equation is named for him.

is not!

5. yu - January 6, 2011

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