The Scientific Canon (I)
Let me suggest a simpler, working definition: you know you've made it into the scientific canon when your name is writ large on the main building at MIT, stately-like, with any U's written as V's.
There's quite a procession of them, and I was struck by how many of their names were unknown to me. If I know at least half of the names in the latest Theory conference, shouldn't I also know who's made a lasting impression on science as a whole? Well, readers, here's part one of the list; how do you fare?
If anyone wants to chime in about interesting people on the list, please feel welcome. The names appear in blocks, as indicated, with certain key names especially large, and there is definitely some amount of thematic/historical grouping... what can you observe? There's a slight possibility some names are misspelled, since a few were well-hidden by tall trees.
Finally, I should note that some of these people might not, strictly speaking, be considered scientists. But, I've set my criterion--they're up on the wall, so into the canon they go.
BLACK * RUMFORD * JOVLE * CLAVSIVS
CARNOT * TELFORD * STEPHENSON
DE LESSEPS * RANKINE * EADS
GVERICKE * TORRICELLI * CHLADNI
HVYGENS * YOVNG * ARAGO * FRESNEL
LAGVERRE * KIRCHHOFF * ROWLAND
ICTINVS * PHIDIAS * VITRVVIVS * GIOTTO
ANTHEMIVS * DE COVCY
BRUNELLESCHI * WREN * BVLFINCH
LEONARDO DA VINCI
GVTENBERG * WATT * ARKWRIGHT
WHITNEY * PERKINS * FVLTON * FAIRBAIRN
FROVDE * OTTO DE LAVAL * WRIGHT
GILBERT * COVLOMB * VOLTA * OERSTED
AMPERE * OHM * HENRY * MAXWELL
MORSE * SIEMENS * GRAMME * HERTZ