You forgot Michaelangelo, DaVinci and Tesla.
I don't believe any of them had a wife. I know for fact Tesla didn't.
As far as a woman counterpart giving inspiration to said geniuses... I doubt it. They were geniuses before they knew the differences between an
"inny" and an "outy".
edit on 6-10-2013 by kimish because: (no reason given)
The subject was phrased as "two super geniuses of science
As to Tesla...
Tesla is quite easily solved with the tools of the
philosopher. By using the approach of what can
we know, what do we know, and lastly what is
it that we do not know, or can't know.
To do this I will tell a little tale of two other
philosophers separated by time n place, the
first being Leibniz and the second being Einstein.
The following is just a story.
Gottfried Leibniz advocates the Monad. If
one takes a glass of water sprinkles particles
into it and swirls the glass around, then
places the glass down on a table top and
looks straight down into it, we see the
particles swirl around patterning like a small
galaxy. According to the Monad theory this is
because all other inertia has been neutralized
by the swirl and the only gravity left to affect
the particles are those from the stars of our
own universe. Hence they reflect that.
Albert Einstein, on the other hand, advocates
Brownian Motion. If one takes a glass of
water and sprinkles particles into it, but just
let the glass sit undisturbed on the table and
view it from the side, we see the particles
settle. But not all. Some of them move in
random patterns even though the water is still.
This is not because the atoms of water are in
constant motion but the particles are so large.
Like a huge balloon being randomly bounced
around at a concert.
Leibniz' approach contains too many variables
and too many assumptions. Einstein's approach
has fewer variables, is easier to reproduce and
doesn't require some nebulous large unmeasur-
able group of forces like the gravity off all the
stars in our own galaxy.
Tesla's use of the Aether and vortexes within
that Aether is similar to Leibniz' Monad. It is
unmeasurable, and presumed. Great progress
has been made in electricity by using the more
measurable modern approach.
This brings us to Maxwell's equations. Simplified,
consistent results for everyone who reproduces
the experiments, and we wouldn't have modern
electronics theory without it.
So the question is not which one is right, or which
one is closer to reality but which one can we
make progress with, with the tools we have, and
the science available.
Now if someone could build up a set of measurements
for the Aether then maybe Tesla, and the few notes
he left behind can be used.