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Physics Timeline

Dates Characters Theories and discoveries
500 – 1 BC Archimedes, Aristotle Heliocentric theory, geometry
1 – 1300 AD Al-hazen, Ptolemy in Egypt Optics, geocentric theory
1301 – 1499 Leonardo de Vinci, Nicolas Cusanus Earth is in motion,Occam’s Razor
1500 – 1599 Nicolaus Copernicus,Tycho Brahe Heliocentric theory revived, astronomy
1600 – 1650 Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler Telescope,laws of planetary motion
1651 – 1699 Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle Newtons Laws, optics, Gas Laws
1700 – 1750 Daniel Bernoulli, Edmund Halley Thermodynamics, corpuscular theory
1751 – 1799 Coulomb, Henry Cavendish Gravitational constant, specific heats
1800 – 1830 Thomas Young, Michael Faraday Interference of light, magnetic field
1831 – 1860 Lord Kelvin, James Clerk Maxwell Theory of heat, Doppler Effect
1861 – 1899 Wilhelm Roentgen, Henri Becquerel The ether, X-rays, radioactivity
1900 – 1920 Max Planck, Albert Einstein Quantum Mechanics, special relativity
1921 – 1940 Enrico Fermi, Werner Heisenberg Accelerators,uncertainty principle
1941 – 1960 Richard Feynman, Edward Teller Nuclear Bomb, Lasers, the big bang
1961 – 1980 Murray Gell-Mann, Stephen Hawking First man on the moon, black holes
1981 – 1999 Carlo Rubbia, Alan Guth CERN, Hubble Space Telescope
2000 – Now Michio Kaku, John Beamish Tau Neutrino, Keck Telescope
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