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In the previous centuries they used to be so many geniuses making contributions to science
Berhnard rienmann
Friedrich Gauss
Einstein

Why dont we produce these people anymore?
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They're all dead.
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(Original post by ecolier)
They're all dead.
Serious answers please
The previous generations seem to have been much smarter than this generation
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this generation takes things for granted (but this is a very big generalization)
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(Original post by JokesOnYoo)
Serious answers please
The previous generations seem to have been much smarter than this generation
Because most of this generation are glued to their phones instead.
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I would say that since many of the 'big' discoveries have been made, making life changing discoveries is a lot harder these days.
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There are two reasons. The first is that society is far more equal now, and the population is larger. When only 1 person worked on a problem, they could easily discover everything there was to know about it without competition. Now, with 100 people working on a problem, each person claims a smaller amount of the prize.

The second is that those guys got all the easy ones and now everybody else is left answering the more difficult questions. More importantly, those guys answered the questions that the general public could easily understand. Explaining the significance of modern discoveries is comparatively much harder.
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Elon Musk
Alan Guth
Stephen Hawking
Timothy Berners-Lee

There are many others...
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Half of them are working for the Church Of Scientology or Cloneaid.
The rest are working for the pharmaceutical companies, ivf clinics, nuclear facilities, WHO, cancer/virus/genetic/climatology specialist research organisations and weapons development firms.
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Stephen hawking was smart
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there is geniuses they just go less noticed Bcs scientists work in teams much more now. Also most of the actually useful stuff has already been found out
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some people might say that G. Thunberg is a genius.

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Sorry I haven’t been on TSR as much as usual recently.
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(Original post by the bear)
some people might say that G. Thunberg is a genius.

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Some wouldn’t
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Elon Musk
Alan Guth
Stephen Hawking
Timothy Berners-Lee

There are many others...
Elon Musk has not discovered anything.

Alan Guth's discovery, while impressive, is but a detail within a larger theory. Hardly comparable to the discoveries of Einstein, Newton etc.

Hawking furthered his field significantly, but again, to nowhere near the extent of historical geniuses.

Berners-Lee has had a massive impact on our lives, but has made no direct contribution to scientific understanding.
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let's face it Pythagoras had an easy ride with his Theorem

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They are institutionalised now i.e. working for governments and corporations. With that, the big structural names take credit for the discoveries and not the individual researchers themselves.

In the academic world, however, I would say that scholars are familiar of who contributed to what. The regular citizen, nonetheless, has shifted his attentions to the market place and regards such discoveries as inconsequential in his everyday life.

The fact that this shuts down the wide recognition of new discoveries coupled with the obsession with popular/capital culture, shows that we have erased this reality from our contemporary society. All in all, I would say that we have replaced scientific figures with scientific enterprises.
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[QUOTE=Knortfoxx;87701056]Elon Musk has not discovered anything.

Alan Guth's discovery, while impressive, is but a detail within a larger theory. Hardly comparable to the discoveries of Einstein, Newton etc.

Hawking furthered his field significantly, but again, to nowhere near the extent of historical geniuses.
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Elon Musk has not discovered anything.

Alan Guth's discovery, while impressive, is but a detail within a larger theory. Hardly comparable to the discoveries of Einstein, Newton etc.

Hawking furthered his field significantly, but again, to nowhere near the extent of historical geniuses.

Berners-Lee has had a massive impact on our lives, but has made no direct contribution to scientific understanding.
I would disagree with all of this. The op asked about people who make significant contributions to science these days; I’ve provided a list. Unless we find someone who cures cancer or discovers time travel then the ‘big’ discoveries have, in many ways, already been made, so relatively the effort is now greater and unlikely to be made by just one person.

BTW, Musk invented Zip2 and while his other efforts may have been combined, he is a true visionary and undeniable genius of this era.
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(Original post by Howdidigetwhere)
I would disagree with all of this. The op asked about people who make significant contributions to science these days; I’ve provided a list. Unless we find someone who cures cancer or discovers time travel then the ‘big’ discoveries have, in many ways, already been made, so relatively the effort is now greater and unlikely to be made by just one person.

BTW, Musk invented Zip2 and while his other efforts may have been combined, he is a true visionary and undeniable genius of this era.
But OP didn't ask about the biggest scientists recently, he asked why people now make lesser contributions. Your list of people who made lesser contributions to science doesn't really contend his point.
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We do, you are just ignoring them.
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