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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

malle-herbert
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Trollface

What about Tony Blair ?

Inventor of Weapons of Mass Destruction ?

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chuckufarley

Re: What about Tony Blair ?

But is he pining for the fjords?

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: What about Tony Blair ?

> Unfortunately, he's not dead yet...

Is that an offer?

lee harvey osmond

Re: What about Tony Blair ?

I'm sure that can be fixed

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: What about Tony Blair ?

"Unfortunately, he's not dead yet..."

Once he realises all the publicity he'll get, I'm sure he will follow through with the prerequisites...

lee harvey osmond

Re: What about Tony Blair ?

Or, indeed, Bill Penney. Who wanted to be remembered for his contribution to science, and not for his specific contributions to the Manhattan Project and to its British successors.

And who wouldn't want a man named Penn[e]y on the £50?

This is also the man who demanded, and got, an IBM machine with a FORTRAN compiler after his first efforts at a two-stage device didn't work. The next set of tests ran just fine.

jake
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Eh? Come again?

"a scientist – covering any field from astrology through to zoology"

Since when was astrology a science?

DeVino
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Re: Eh? Come again?

Since time immemorial to around the 1700s and then the late 1960's to the current day sadly.

diodesign
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Re: Eh? Come again?

Friday night blunder - it's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong.

C.

BebopWeBop
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Re: Eh? Come again?

But to be fair Newton world on both astrology and alchemy `9as well as some rather stunning work - everyone has his/her bad days.

Richard 31
Paris Hilton

Re: Eh? Come again?

That but also the Acoustics, Aerodynamics and Zymology scientists can all cram it too.

MrMerrymaker

Re: Eh? Come again?

Technically that would be be one of the fields, and he would retain the fact he's a scientist when he investigates this field. Although if you were to argue even a faint interest in astrology strips you of all links to science, I'd find that harsh but fair :)

lee harvey osmond

Re: Eh? Come again?

"Welcome to The Scry At Night"

smudge
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FAIL

astrology????

they must be a) a scientist – covering any field from astrology through to zoology

Russell Grant is still with us, so my vote goes to John Dee.

diodesign
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Re: astrology????

Friday night blunder - it's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong.

C.

#define INFINITY -1

Re: astrology????

Nope, Newton wasn't a conceited prick who looked down on people who looked upwards in their own way--as that is what he was doing anyway. If you can't look at the sky without being able to resist the thoughts of what others think--fueling your self-conceit by the fact that some thoughts are wrong and yet unify the thinkers of them--then you truly belong with those who never do look up.

Prst. V.Jeltz
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Paris Hilton

Re: astrology????

@define Infinity

It would take me quite a while to unpick that paragraph , even if I had some idea what the hell you're talking about in the first place, as it stands i dont. I've checked the comments above for people dissing Newton , and been back to read the Newton part of the article (too much time on my hands) and I still dont know what prompted your outburst.

maybe its just me. can anyone elaborate?

lee harvey osmond

Re: astrology????

To me that looks like a reply to an even weirder post than has been deleted since.

graeme leggett
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One problem with this

Putting a scientist on the £50 doesn't mean much recognition for the British scientist chosen.

Because the average Briton seldom sees a fifty.

Short of massive inflation reducing the British pound to a fraction of its current worth, the image when chosen will appear briefly in the news and then fade from memory. Finally becoming a question on a tv quiz show in a few years.

Primus Secundus Tertius
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Re: One problem with this

@Graeme L

As a child, I never saw one of the then-current black and white fivers. Then they were abolished, before photcopiers came to be. Give it time, and a £50 note will buy just one Mars bar - the chosen currency unit of that weekly rag The Economist.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: One problem with this

" Give it time, and a £50 note will buy just one Mars bar [...]"

In my 1950s childhood a Mars bar was a rare treat dispensed by a spoiled cousin. He also had a collection of expensive toys including Britain's model field guns with spring-loaded shell casings. Anyway - a Mars bar then cost 6d - (2.5p). Nowadays they are probably smaller and cost in the order of twenty times the nominal price.

graeme leggett
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Re: One problem with this

According to the Measuring Worth website, a 6d Mars bar in 1955 going by retail price index would be worth about 60p today. Coincidentally the current price of a 51g Mars bar from Tesco.

Using other measures of 'value' 6d in 1950s is worth up to £2.50 in terms of earnings or share of economy.ie it took more to earn that Mars bar in the 50s.

SGJ

Re: One problem with this

I think you mean a Big Mac, not a Mars bar. See https://www.economist.com/news/2018/07/11/the-big-mac-index

Jan 0

Re: One problem with this

Another problem:

> Mars bar then cost 6d

IIRC, they cost 3d in the early 50s, but got progressively smaller as inflation bit. I don't remember in which year the size reverted and the price started rising. but it would have been late 50s or maybe early 60s.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: One problem with this

@AC

In my 1950s childhood a Mars bar was a rare treat dispensed by a spoiled cousin

"Tell my my dear, do you collect chocolate paper?"

A question asked by an uncle of a someone I know as he proceeded to consume a whole bar of chocolate by himself, giving her just the wrapper at the end.

The Nazz
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Re: One problem with this

IIRC they were 9d immediately prior to Decimalisation, (Feb ''71 was it?) soon to be 5p. A perfect excuse for increased inflation. Weren't aware that sizes were reducing by then though.

Genuine consistency, prior to the abominal recipe change too.

RegGuy1

"Tell my my dear, do you collect chocolate paper?"

I wonder how many times the little shit got kicked in the goolies?

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: One problem with this

"Short of massive inflation reducing the British pound to a fraction of its current worth,"

Mid April next year then.

Ken Moorhouse
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Re: Short of massive inflation reducing the British pound to a fraction of its current worth

Put Boole on the ten pound note, then people will understand that it is really a two pound note.

Paul Kinsler

Re: Put Boole on the ten pound note... it is really a two pound note.

And Gray on another different £10 note, because a three pound note would also be handy. :-)

katrinab
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Re: One problem with this

The Economist uses the Big Mac as its preferred currency unit, not the Mars Bar.

https://www.economist.com/news/2018/07/11/the-big-mac-index

Paul D Smyth

Re: One problem with this

"Short of massive inflation reducing the British pound to a fraction of its current worth"

Have you met Brexit?

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Re: One problem with this

ATM's should dispense £50 notes. It's long overdue.

Stevie
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Re: One problem with this

He also had a collection of expensive toys including Britain's model field guns with spring-loaded shell casings.

I had an extensive collection of those. From memory: The 155mm howitzer (with the aforementioned breech mechanism/shell casing) the 25 pounder, the Battalion Anti-Tank gun, the 105mm Howitzer, the 18th century cannon, the Ballista and the Catapult. Oh, and a Swappets 52mm mortar team with a working mortar.

Britain's stuff used to be great. Their Elephants (from he Zoo range) are eagerly sought out for wargamers to this day. I have the Livery Stable from the western buildings range they did and a bunch of American civil war stuff. Always wanted the Civil War cannon/limber and team.

The artillery pieces were all in a box that my father, gorblessim, lifted and the bottom fell out. The 155mm cannon had about a dozen separate bits. only about 8 survived to be passed back to me. Ditto the 105mm howitzer.

You don't see anything like those toys these days. I mean, the guns could be taken out of the swappets cowboys' holsters, and when you took the hats off there was no peg/hole - magnificent construction.

dajames
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Re: One problem with this

I think you mean a Big Mac, not a Mars bar.

No, it has to be something edible.

MAF

Re: "Tell my my dear, do you collect chocolate paper?"

Or had it switched for a jumbo bar of Choc ex-lax...

Roger Kynaston
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Astrology??!!

Me thinks you mean that Newton was a pioneer in Astronomy.

Alister
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Re: Astrology??!!

He was also a noted alchemist, so quite possibly an astrologist as well

chivo243
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Re: Astrology??!!

@Roger Kynaston

Newton would be gastronomy, you eat apples, right?

diodesign
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Re: Astrology??!!

Yeah, Friday night pub o'clock editing strikes again. It's been fixed.

C.

Kubla Cant
Headmaster

Re: Astrology??!!

@diodesign Bletchley Park – the code-breaking center

Was that the Bletchley Park in California?

Ken Moorhouse
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A logical choice...

...would be George Boole.

graeme leggett
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Re: A logical choice...

Not De Morgan?

jake
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Re: A logical choice...

There is always George Coulouris, without whom Bill Joy would never have written vi, and where would we be today without that?

(I know, he's still alive and so ineligible. Discrimination, I calls it.)

Ken Moorhouse
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Re: Not De Morgan?

Then again there's John Venn.

DeVino
Joke

Re: A logical choice...

Boole or De Morgan ?

Maybe

Neither not Boole and not DeMorgan

Winkypop
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Re: Not De Morgan?

I'm in two minds over John Venn

Michael Wojcik
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Re: Not De Morgan?

I'm in two minds over John Venn

Surely you can find some middle ground.

Daniel von Asmuth
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Holmes

Re: A logical choice...

Bertr& Russell \/ nobody.

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