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mad scientist
▪ the cartoon figure of the mad scientist
rocket scientist
▪ It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that doubling productivity will improve profits.
▪ Cheaper solar cell AMERICAN scientists have doubled the efficiency of liquid-junction solar cells.
▪ The resignation of the organisation's chief scientist last week after four months in the post has fuelled these fears.
▪ One will be at the Starlab in Brussels, where De Garis became chief scientist late last month.
▪ Central to the department's new orientation is the role of Oscar Roith, the DoI's chief engineer and scientist.
▪ Some of the most famous forensic scientists have started that way, he said.
▪ I thought forensic scientists were particularly at risk.
▪ Detailed case studies, which will involve reading original transcripts, will be followed up by interviews of forensic scientists.
▪ Traditionally forensic scientists have relied on dental records and presumptive identifications by relatives.
▪ Sections of the barrier were brought to the inquest and forensic scientist David Price said it hadn't been welded together properly.
▪ Anyway, the forensic scientists will be able to confirm she had some one in with her.
▪ Police forces around the country have sought advice from forensic scientists in their attempts to find those responsible for such attacks.
▪ These chapters will be particularly interesting to the practising as well as to the trainee forensic scientist.
▪ The craters are named after great scientists of the past: Tycho and Copernicus.
▪ All great scientists seem remote, extra human even.
▪ Every great inventor or scientist has had to unlearn conventional wisdom in order to proceed with his work.
▪ And then a great scientist, Rassilon, led the people into the scientific age.
▪ The greatest scientists have mixed insight amounting to genius with the most absurd follies at other times.
▪ This approach also gives us fascinating glimpses of the fallibility of great scientists.
▪ But in fact we know that many great scientists cheated to generate the data that validated their ideas.
▪ The sooner he could phone the mad scientist, and take them to the poly, the better.
▪ Scenes of dancing cups and mad-scientist lab equipment ultimately create order out of disorder.
▪ Well he wasn't going hedgehog-spotting, not till he'd fixed up a deal with the mad scientist.
▪ Well, Holmes, he looks just like the popular caricature of a mad scientist.
▪ This distrust is evident in the cartoon figure of the mad scientist working in his laboratory to produce a Frankenstein.
▪ Castle, this 1959 thriller casts Price as a mad scientist who discovers the biological cause of fear in human beings.
▪ There was a fourth, but it was too squashed to be much good to the mad scientist.
▪ But they admit individual agents only on the terms on which a natural scientist admits individual and particular objects.
▪ So where are the cheers from the natural scientists?
▪ When a natural scientist proposes to test the boiling point of water, there are few, if any semantic problems involved.
▪ But it is a hunch that has generated a degree of passion even among natural scientists.
▪ The job of the natural scientist is to observe, measure, and then explain that reaction.
Natural science managers usually start as a chemist, physicist, biologist, or other natural scientist.
▪ Many men, natural scientists included, had been lost in the wastes.
▪ This is because the experiment is most suited to the assumptions that natural scientists have traditionally made about what they are studying.
▪ Subsequent leaders were also devoted to giving nuclear scientists and designers everything they wanted.
▪ Without realising it, your nuclear scientists are black alchemists.
▪ I discussed the question of the nuclear scientists with President Yeltsin last Thursday.
▪ He has put forward some interesting ideas for international centres to redeploy nuclear scientists on civilian work.
▪ A researcher reports a particular result, and to verify it other scientists repeat the same experiment in their own labs.
▪ Hans Kuypers thrived on communication with other scientists.
▪ For while the Berkeley geomagnetists walked the road to Jaramillo other scientists had travelled there on the power of imagination.
▪ Publication of the report Publication day is when the work becomes available to other social scientists.
▪ The professor helped me very much, and other important scientists who were his friends helped me, too.
▪ On his visit to Madeira he and other scientists collected plants and investigated the lifestyles of the inhabitants.
▪ The proposal for the Assembly came originally from Chaianan Samudavanij, a well known political scientist.
▪ What might prevent political scientists from answering this question adequately? 4.
▪ Sociologists and political scientists have devoted much time to developing a variety of theories on the determination of public sector expenditure.
▪ By knowing the preferences and pay-off structures, the political scientist can examine all possible combinations of choices by the two players.
▪ Clark, a former political scientist widely regarded as cool and aloof, seemed transformed by power.
▪ Thus, political scientists have devised different ways of counting the number of political parties.
▪ Whether a country has a codified constitution is hardly something of great importance to the political scientist.
▪ The Corporation's most senior scientists.
▪ Colborn is a senior scientist at the World Wildlife Fund.
▪ Lorrimer's a senior scientist, isn't he?
▪ There is nothing wrong with being interested in, say, television but that does not make them research social scientists.
▪ Even now, most anthropologists and social scientists are firmly committed to the view that evolution has nothing to tell them.
▪ The social scientist tends to study events soas to draw conclusions of a more general and rather static kind.
▪ He makes much of contacts with social scientists in allied fields.
▪ Thirdly, the project will aim to collaborate with individual social scientists in the analysis of their data sets.
▪ Accordingly, his concepts helped all social scientists in their perception of reality.
▪ First, there have been attempts by social scientists to communicate with biologists.
▪ But demographers and social scientists also use more objective measures.
▪ Applications for younger scientists will be given priority, as will projects in the humanities.
▪ He had looked forward to a day in the sun, the simple admiration of colleagues, young scientists.
▪ I have in the studio the world's youngest scientist - at least I reckon she must be.
▪ The purpose of the meeting was to bring together young scientists, businessmen and journal publishers.
▪ For this reason, campaigners like Rifkin are necessary, and younger scientists especially have a reluctant admiration for him.
▪ This particularly affects the young scientists, who fail to acquire necessary training in techniques.
▪ Toby Gledhill was one of Alex's most brilliant young scientists.
▪ The young research scientist with whom I chatted in a Bonn café was not worried about nationalism.
▪ However, computer scientists have developed programs which produce numbers that are apparently random.
▪ They are problem solvers before they are computer scientists or animators.
▪ The cartoons are not just for computer scientists, though perhaps the expert will see the irony more clearly.
▪ Chess posed a formidable challenge for computer scientists.
▪ I talk often to anthropologists and linguists and computer scientists about our overlapping interests.
▪ The more computer scientists thought about distributing problems into a hive mind, the more reasonable it seemed.
▪ Engelbart demonstrated his discoveries in the fall of 1968 at a national meeting of computer scientists.
▪ Bob Taylor knew the most gifted computer scientists of his day be-cause he had evaluated their work for federal funding.
▪ She is a highly qualified research scientist whose contract, funded by the pharmaceutical industry, has come to an end.
▪ It was something else to tell that to a highly prized research scientist, engineer, or computer programmer.
▪ Graduates often enter other professions such as those of the actuary, accountant, and operational research scientist.
▪ The young research scientist with whom I chatted in a Bonn café was not worried about nationalism.
▪ He sounds and feels more like a research scientist, and indeed, often refers to golf as a neurological exercise.
▪ On arrival at the laboratory, they met a second volunteer and the research scientist.
▪ A letter signed by former cosmonauts and rocket scientists and 16,000 Muscovites has been handed to Putin.
▪ They wheeled in the rocket scientists, who started to carve up mortgage securities into itty-bitty pieces.
▪ Well, Andrew Dequasie was a rocket scientist of a sort.
▪ Each of these improvements has allowed scientists to tackle problems that were ten times as large or ten times as difficult.
▪ The changing ratio serves as a nuclear clock that allows scientists to date the samples.
▪ The only question is apparently whether we should allow or encourage scientists to bring such clones to term.
▪ All this data combined will allow scientists to determine Eros's density, and any density variations deep inside the asteroid.
▪ This allowed the scientists to image the magnetite chains without destroying them.
▪ Contextual description allows political scientists to know what other countries are like.
▪ Simulation techniques have been developed to allow scientists and planners to build working models of the systems which they are studying.
▪ Precautions for experimental animals will inevitably be less stringent to allow access to scientists and their technicians.
▪ This fact has emerged during a pilot test of a new computer program developed by scientists for the Department of Transport.
▪ They just wipe it clean, leaving a natural skim that works better than non-stick surfaces developed by space-age scientists.
▪ Simulation techniques have been developed to allow scientists and planners to build working models of the systems which they are studying.
▪ Many leading scientists refuse to acknowledge either the extent or the significance of this phenomenon of co-option.
▪ The failure to find a vaccine for leprosy led scientists early on to conclude that the disease was hopeless.
▪ Time allowed 05:14 Read in studio Aids setback ... the drug which scientists say doesn't work.
▪ Those scientists who worked in museums and dissecting rooms could not exploit insights gained from field studies in different natural environments.
▪ Bridges is a scientist working on dirt samples brought back from a Mars expedition.
▪ Ideal One of its scientists working on the suture project discovered a special type of collagen which made an ideal sausage casing.
▪ Spectators will also be able to talk to the scientists working beneath the waves.
▪ Its wealth depended on the scientists who worked in a large lab behind the administrative block.
▪ Under the contract, Auspace will provide specialist space scientists to work on the instrument package with the team at Mount Stromlo.
it doesn't take a rocket scientist (to do sth)
▪ It doesn't exactly take a rocket scientist to realize that the chain of events was no coincidence.
▪ On four continents scientists have consumed the equivalent of billions of dollars trying to capture the dream.
▪ Some social scientists have conceptualised these workers in terms of a reserve army of labour.
▪ The distinguished physicist, Sir Hermann Bondi, once described the sort of people who become scientists.
▪ The greatest scientists have mixed insight amounting to genius with the most absurd follies at other times.
▪ The little wanderer called Sojourner ran into a big Mars rock Thursday and ended up with one wheel high, scientists reported.
▪ The splashing theory accounts for a number of facts scientists have learned about the moon.
▪ They're all scientists really, plus businessmen.
▪ They are problem solvers before they are computer scientists or animators.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Researcher \Re*search"er\ (-[~e]r), n. One who conducts research. In the field of scientific research, also called an investigator or scientist.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1834, a hybrid coined from Latin scientia (see science) by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, by analogy with artist, in the same paragraph in which he coined physicist (q.v.).


n. One whose activities make use of the scientific method to answer questions regarding the measurable universe. A scientist may be involved in original research, or make use of the results of the research of others.


n. a person with advanced knowledge of one of more sciences [syn: man of science]


A scientist is a person engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge that describes and predicts the natural world. In a more restricted sense, a scientist may refer to an individual who uses the scientific method. The person may be an expert in one or more areas of science. This article focuses on the more restricted use of the word. Scientists perform research toward a more comprehensive understanding of nature, including physical, mathematical and social realms.

Philosophy is a distinct activity that is not generally considered science. Philosophers aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of intangible aspects of reality and experience that cannot be physically measured. Even so, the modern Sciences evolved from the Natural Philosophies (Greek, Philosophiae), a term used to describe all those scholarly studies on the Natural world, as opposed to the Metaphysical, Moral, etc., or the other Medieval fields of study (e.g. Professional doctorate).

Scientists are also distinct from engineers, those who design, build, and maintain devices for particular situations; however, no engineer attains that title without significant study of science and the scientific method. When science is done with a goal toward practical utility, it is called applied science. An applied scientist may not be designing something in particular, but rather is conducting research with the aim of developing new technologies and practical methods. When science is done with an inclusion of intangible aspects of reality it is called natural philosophy.

Scientist (musician)

Hopeton Brown (born 18 April 1960), better known as Scientist and sometimes known as Overton Brown, was a protégé of King Tubby (Osbourne Ruddock), one of the originators of dub music.

Scientist (disambiguation)

A scientist is a person engaged in science.

Scientist may also refer to:

  • The Scientist (magazine), a scientific journal about biology
  • The Scientists, an Australian post-punk band
  • Scientist (musician), Jamaican dub musician
  • "The Scientist" (song), a single by Coldplay
  • Robert Karlsson, Swedish professional golfer nicknamed "The Scientist"

Usage examples of "scientist".

In fact, upon hearing that certain masters were dissecting living nymphs in order to ascertain the cause of their madness, he formally abjured his Profession of Faith and quit the Scientists.

I respond by pointing out that one of those babies that was aborted thirty years ago might have grown up to be a brilliant scientist and could have discovered the cure for AIDS.

He was awed at meeting Academician Georgi Markov a world-famous scientist.

But if these muons are not sitting at rest in the laboratory and instead are traveling through a piece of equipment known as a particle accelerator that boosts them to just shy of light-speed, their average life expectancy as measured by scientists in the laboratory increases dramatically.

There were men to envy in the Doughnut, the observers and the scientists: physicists, aerologists, astro-physicists, astronomer.

For weeks agricultural experts and aeronautical scientists investigated the strange whirligig patterns left in crops flattened along a narrow strip three-quarters of a mile long.

He thought it went a long way towards nullifying the effects of aldehyde loaded Vietnamese wine and beer in some fashion known only to extinct alchemists or Dupont scientists, perhaps.

Scientists typically demand higher levels of proof for anomalous finds than for evidence that fits within the established ideas about human evolution.

And now we shall encounter revelations of another aspect of thisthe personal distress and bitterness experienced by scientists unfortunate enough to make anomalous discoveries.

The ways in which my many non-scientist friends and colleagues often regard me as a laboratory scientist -with incomprehension and awe, tinged, I sometimes feel, with faint patronage - engendered in me the idea of a sort of apologia for laboratory life.

Every week or so, a scientist from the aquarium would come to examine the catch, and the creatures that were rare or unknown he would take back to study in the laboratory in Flatts.

BODY, An American scientist studying Archaeon marine organisms was killed yesterday when his one-man submersible became wedged in an undersea canyon of the Galapagos Rift.

Developed by the General Atomic Company in a three-year research, the 750,000-pound rocket, carrying twelve atomicians and six well-known scientists, took off from a specially built skyport near Buffalo, at noon, September 10, and landed on the moon, 250,000 miles distant, at 1 p.

The constantly increasing accumulation of pieces of machinery, big brass castings, block tin, casks, crates, and packages of innumerable articles, by their demands for space, necessitated the sacrifice of most of the slighter partitions of the house, and the beams and flooring of the upper chambers were also mercilessly sawn away by the tireless scientist in such a way as to convert them into mere shelves and corner brackets of the atrial space between cellars and rafters.

For the first five hours of the day, Aum sat in discussion with the Armadan scientists.