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This list is slightly different from a list of greatest engineers of all time. Engineering has mainly dealt with applied sciences and while building something useful out of an abstract theory is a prize on its own, usually, the Nobel prize is traditionally awarded for the advancement of knowledge and breakthrough in the understanding of mankind.
What’s already controversial is engineer’s rightful claim to the prize. If you were to go through the will of Sir Alfred Nobel himself (which will be attached at the end of the article), there’s nothing preventing Steve Jobs or Charles Babbage from winning a Nobel prize in physics for the prize should be awarded to anyone who makes the biggest discovery, or invention of the preceding year, ‘invention’ being the keyword here.
Nonetheless, as past trends suggest, Nobel prize has established itself only for radical discoveries and so here is the list of top 10 engineers of all time who came up with radical discoveries worthy of a Nobel prize.
10. Frank Whittle
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Tall walls, millions of bricks, tens, hundreds, and even thousands of acres of land, hidden secrets, Ancient giants full of scars, scars that tell the stories of countless bloodshed and royal scandals yet, they stand resolute in the face of time as a testament to the unyielding will force of the rulers who had built them. we are, of course talking about forts and castles.
Forts & castles are some of the most intriguing man-made wonders, that everyone tends to gravitate towards which is why we were intrigued to find out that out of all the links in the first 4 google search pages, and on YouTube (at all), there is not a single article or video which makes any statistical effort to actually rank them with a proper etiquette. It was a euphoric moment, for it was yet another opportunity for Scrivial to step in and show how it is done.
Thus, let’s have a look at the most statistical ranking of top 10 forts & castles ever.
The ranking algorithm is based on an account of 3 main criterion: Age, Area covered and how tall it is. The most weightage was given to age as the older the fort or the castle is, the more difficult (in general) it must have been to build it, due to lack of technology. The second most weightage was given to its height, rather than its area, because, it is relatively easy to lay several bricks side by side than to stack them on one another. Now that you know how we ranked them, let’s begin!
10. Prague castle, the Czech Republic.
Age: 1146 yrs, Height: 96.5 m, Area: 17.3 acres, Total Score: 6167.9
Cretaceous Paleogene boundary: Why we can drive today and why the dinosaurs died 66 million years ago!
Warning: this is not a one-line Q&A. It’s a ride, and only true readers should proceed.
What can be the reason we are able to drive a car or ride a bike now, that also caused our dino-friends to perish some 66 million years ago? The answer is… No, it’s not Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary, but its related to it –
Sun, the ultimate source of power for everything in this solar system, regarded by many as the only god we can see, literally the focal point around which our world revolves. The USA, Russia and China have already started to plan how to make money from our celestial neighbours, namely comets and asteroids, even moon, perhaps someday other planets too example, Jupiter. It will not be a surprise if someday, our sun becomes a commodity for inter-galactic trade.In that case, what is the worth of this fiery ball?
What is the cost of our sun?
Waves vigorously collapsing into each other, rushing towards you with unprecedented momentum but due to one certain thing, all its momentum is drained. You stand peacefully and feel the dying waves washing your feet, all thanks to the “Sand” beneath you.
In the vast expanse of shores, it will be more than scary if someone tells you that all this sand around you, is running out.
“….When I looked at the sea I saw something I had never seen before and I was terrified…. The black wave hit our minivan, turning us over several times before I blacked out….”
- Marthunis, 17, Alue Naga village, Banda Aceh
Tsunami, the word that immediately brings into mind pictures of sky high tsunami waves tossing over cargo ships like plastic toys, huge insurmountable wall of water that gives everyone nightmares. The worst ever earthquake on recorded history was the “Great Chilean Earthquake, 1960” coming in at a magnitude of 9.5. It killed not more than 6,000 people, which is a huge number but looks insignificant when compared to 2,30,000 – the amount of people killed by the "Sumatra tsunami, 2004" which was caused by a relatively low 9.1 magnitude earthquake.
The damage caused by the Sumatra tsunami was about 10 billion USD, way more than 3 to 6 billion USD damage, caused by the Great Chilean Earthquake. However, both of this looks tiny in front of the damage the "North Pacific Coast, Japan tsunami, 2011" did which was about 235 billion USD. The World Bank estimated that it could take Japan as much as 5 years to overcome the damage. If this proves anything then it is that, we humans are most prone to damages caused by water than any other natural element. Storms, volcanoes and landslides doesn’t even come close to the damage caused by earthquakes and tsunamis. What gives life, takes life.
So how much energy is there in a tsunami?
Today-30th September,2015, Scrivial(previously Scribble) turns 1 year old. I wrote this because I want the world to know: Making website is easy,not running it, read along and you will know why. I promise to keep this as small as possible.
Before anything else, I want to express greatest respect and regards to the guy without whom, this would not have been possible:Scrivial Co-founder & CMO, my dear friend Mr. Anandu Ajith.
According to Marvel, Thor’s hammer is forged inside a star’s core, with a star’s core, also with an Asgardian metal Uru and several enchantments. When the making was done, it destroyed the star itself.
What if Thor went up against superman? Can Superman destroy Thor’s hammer- his only source of power- the legendary Mjolnir? Or will Thor beat the hell out of Superman with his hammer which only the worthy can yield?
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I bet you all must have read and seen many things about this ultimate definition of architecture, this herculean monster, guarding infinite secrets and treasures which the Pharaohs wanted to die with, you have understood some, some you didn’t! Some sounded fascinating and something you believed is true and you are desperate to know everything dark about it. So here we are, presenting everything that you always wanted to know.
The great pyramid of Giza (pronounced Gizeh) build in 4th dynasty 2250 B.C i.e. exactly 4264 years in past from 2015, was built by Pharaoh Khufu and is rightfully named after him. You must be living under a rock if you have not seen any picture of the pyramid till now but trust me, this is nowhere close to how spectacular it must have looked when it was made of smooth white limestone covering which has completely been destroyed by now. Topped with a golden apex, it would have been a sight to behold. This is how it would have looked like.
On 30th July, 2015, a friend of mine mailed me this awesome story from the book “Like the flowing river” by Paulo Coelho asking me whether I could use it as an article on my website. To say the least, I am flattered. Those of you who have not read the book yet, stick around-you don’t want to miss this one.
A young cloud was born in the midst of a great storm over the Mediterranean Sea, but he did not even have time to grow up there, for a strong wind pushed all the clouds over towards Africa. As soon as the clouds reached the continent, the climate changed. A bright sun was shining in the sky and, stretched out beneath them, lay the golden sands of the Sahara. Since it almost never rains in the desert, the wind continued pushing the clouds towards the forests in the south. Meanwhile, as happens with young humans too, the young cloud decided to leave his parents and his older friends in order to discover the world.
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