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Epcot Salutes World's Great Scientific Discoveries And Innovators

Epcot chose a creative way to recognize some of the World's Greatest Scientific Discoveries and the innovative people that discovered them. 

As you walk along the West Side of Future World in Epcot, if you happen to glance downward you will notice this tribute to some of the World's Greatest Scientific Discoveries dating back to the Wheel and leading up to modern day.  

The display is shaped as a series of concentric circles and at the center of the display is a circle with quotations remarking about discovery, innovation, and the power of human imagination , from a range of well-known experts representing the fields of biochemistry, physics, mathematics, & education.

Albert Szent-Györgyi, famous Biochemist that is attributed with discovering Vitamin C said: "Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought."

John Dewey, noted Educator and author of the Dewey Decimal System stated: "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."

Thomas Edison, Inventor of items such as the light bulb and the phonograph said: "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."

Sir Isaac Newton, Mathematician and Physicist noted for the concept of gravity and theories of motion said: "If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

Marie Curie, Physicist who is known for winning the Nobel prize in Physics for her work in Radiation has said: "Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood."

Man's Great Discoveries
Surrounding the central core are many small disks, each representing an important breakthrough in technology.  They range from pre-historic time to present day.

 The Wheel is one of the earliest discoveries that is represented.  Others include: Stone Tools, Agriculture, Alphabet, and the Printing Press.

Several discoveries from the 20th century are also part of this impressive display including: DNA, Transistor, & Nuclear Reactor.

Recognizing The Power Of Imagination
Disney recognizes the power of Imagination and it is certainly evident throughout their theme parks.   In Epcot's Future World the power of imagination fuels the technological discoveries in the areas of Energy, Space Exploration, Automobile Design, Exploration of the Seas, & Next Generation Agriculture.

Although this tribute to the power of imagination and discovery was not added to Epcot until 1998, it certainly belongs there, and hopefully inspires the next generation of scientists and inventors.

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