Great Physicists and the Pets Who Inspired Them


Sometimes the best kind of scientific collaborator is a silent partner who lends a hand (or a paw) simply by keeping things uncomplicated. 

From Maxwell’s dogs and Hubble’s cat to Tycho Brahe’s unfortunate elk, four-legged friends have been a mainstay in lives of great scientists. 
 
Here’s a look at influential scientists whose pets gave them paws for reflection. 
 
 
 
Watch a Perimeter Institute talk on Einstein and his (two-legged) collaborators. 
 
 
Read Tesla's letter to a friend about his early fascination with electricity. 
 
 
Read the evidence for (and against) Newton's invention of the cat door. 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch "Boltzmann's Dog and Darwin's Finch," a biophysics colloquium at Perimeter Institute. 
 
 
 
 
Watch a short documentary about the life and work of James Clerk Maxwell. 
 
 
Learn more about the astronomical work and odd life of Tycho Brahe. 
 
 
Find out more about Burschie and all of Schrödinger's animals in this PBS Nova article "Schrödinger’s Menagerie".
 
 
 
 
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