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Heroes of Science Volumes I, II and III
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Published: December 7, 2013
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Volume III of Heroes of Science consists of another 21 figures, bringing the total to 76.

The FAQ, based on common questions and comments from the first two volumes, can be found here:

Volumes I and II can be found here:

Heroes of Science Action Figures by datazoid   Heroes of Science Volumes I and II by datazoid

Some comments about the new figures, and some updates to some of the original ones:

Brian Greene -- NEW -- string theorist and author. Plus, leather jacket!
Peter Higgs -- NEW -- a household name thanks to the discovery of the Higgs Boson
Lawrence Krauss -- NEW -- a personal favourite thanks to 'The Physics of Star Trek'
Wolfgang Pauli -- NEW -- I've already posted Pauli, but now he's part of the collection proper
Henrietta Swan Leavitt -- NEW -- known for discoveries relating to period-luminosity relationship of Cepheid stars
Carl Sagan -- I've tweaked Carl a bit, particularly his hair, which was a bit more outrageous than it needed to be
Neil deGrasse Tyson -- also updated to include more facial detail, and some general improvements
Albert Michelson and Edward Morley -- NEW -- conducted the Michelson-Morley experiment to debunk the concept of the luminiferous aether, and conducted extensive experiments towards determining the speed of light
Andrei Sakharov -- NEW -- Soviet nuclear physicist
David Hilbert -- NEW -- known for invariant theory and axiomatization of geometry, among numerous other things. Also, HAT
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, AKA Lord Kelvin -- NEW -- responsible for the Kelvin temperature scale, the concept of absolute zero, and numerous other contributions to mathematics and science
Emmy Noether -- NEW -- known for abstract algebra and theoretical physics
Srinivasa Ramanujan -- NEW -- known for phenomenal contributions to the field of mathematics, although you may know him for his 'taxicab numbers', among other things
Andrew Wiles -- NEW -- found a solution to the previously thought unsolvable Fermat's Last Theorem
Norman Borlaug -- NEW -- also previously posted, Norman is known as "The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives", for (among other things) his contributions to increasing grain yields and disease resistance
Barbara McClintock -- NEW -- cytogeneticist who worked on genetic recombination, winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1983
Tim Berners-Lee -- NEW -- Computer scientist without whom there'd be no internet, no cats, no doge, no DeviantART on which to view this image
Brian Cox -- added more detail
Steven Pinker -- NEW -- cognitive scientist and psycholinguist, author. Also, spectacular hair
Burrhus Frederic Skinner -- NEW -- released earlier, now part of the set, behaviourist famous for operant conditioning and the pigeon-guided missile
Edward O Wilson -- NEW -- the world's foremost authority on ants (hence the tie)
Marie Curie -- Marie has been with us since the first volume, but I've made some significant improvements to her appearance this time around
George Washington Carver -- introduced in volume II, but now improved with more detail
Nikola Tesla -- no changes here. Just, y'know. TESSSLLLAAAAAA.

Really brief FAQ:

Real figures? No.
Poster? Not for sale. Download link in the top right, though. Print for yourself. Don't sell.
Why? Why not.
Why isn't (scientist) here? Not for any reason that is intended to offend you.
How long did it take? About 90 minutes per figure, give or take. Some took (a lot) longer.
Why no heroes from the space program or field of medicine? Because I feel it would be doing those fields an injustice to include token representatives. One day, I'll create a collection specific to those fields, and give lots of people recognition, rather than only a few.
Why so few women? Oh, no. Not again. Please read the big FAQ:
I don't think (scientist) deserves to be on here. I do.
But (person) isn't a real scientist, they're just on TV and stuff. Science education is as important to the general public as hard science contributions are to the scientific community. Anyone who encourages people to be interested in and care about science is absolutely a hero, and I will not be convinced otherwise.
What are they based on? Star Trek action figures + Photoshop.

THANK YOU for your support. :D

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twixeater's avatar
C V Raman? =( First person in Asia to win a Nobel Prize for science! That has to count for something. Plus, like, Raman spectroscopy is a thing.
rlepsch's avatar
Could BRIAN MAY (astrophysicist besides musician) be included here ?
HeraldOfOpera's avatar
I understand the lack of women. Realistically, if a set like this were made, they would focus on people the layperson has heard of, and the only female "heroes of science" I can think of off the top of my useless-trivia-filled head are Marie Curie (on the poster already), Ada Lovelace (actually forgot her name until I checked the comments, so probably too obscure for a true layperson) and maybe Florence Nightingale (revolutionized field medicine, so disqualified by one of your criterion, and arguably not an actual scientist to boot), so...

PS: Having Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage seems a little odd, given their main contribution was the show with both of them on it. Presumably a real release would bundle them together, and do the same with Michelson and Morley for the same basic reason.
datazoid's avatar
Thank you for your understanding. I believe Ada Lovelace was also a 19th century scientist, so she's also disqualified by the rules.

As ironic as it sounds in hindsight, I never set out to 'teach anyone anything' with this project; the goal was to create an image where most of the faces would be recognisable to someone with a familiarity with science. The knock-on effect of that is that most of the scientists included were male. This is one of those instances where reality sucks, and I've managed to illustrate it. :)

And you're spot on about the pairs. I actually started hunting for specific duos to include, hence Savage & Hyneman, Michelson & Morley and Watson & Crick.
Archanos's avatar
Wait why is Louis Pasteur not here!?
datazoid's avatar
I chose to narrow the criteria to 20th century scientists only, otherwise there'd be wayyyyy too many to choose from. :D
anrie-vorontsov's avatar
Still looking for Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Verner von Braun and Sergey Korolev - true fathers of modern spaceflight
datazoid's avatar
I deliberately chose not to include Heroes of Spaceflight, as I'd actually intended to create a separate collection of 'figures' for space pioneers, but I never got around to it. :)
creatureone's avatar
could you add sergei koralov to the space flight heroes?
YakWithDoubts's avatar
These are freaking awesome, I would honestly buy these!!
- Doubts
jsa12's avatar
your reason for not including more women and minorities is very sad. Though I understand they may be harder to make. There are huge giants hiding in the shadows and they're worth exploring. Ada Lovelace, Grace Hooper and Hedy Lamarr are some. There is a very obvious reason that their accomplishments are hidden. Rosalind Franklin was an amazing add, but I never learned about her in school, it would be nice if these figurines (which i know  is just a personal project) wouldn't brush off famous accomplishments because the person who made them was against the norm.

Sorry I dont mean to sound hostile this just broke my heart a little because I hate that STEM shuts out certain groups
also, I would totally buy your figurines if you ever 3D printed them
datazoid's avatar
Thank you for your feedback!

This is quite an old project now, so it's unlikely I'll be revisiting it. Rest assured, if I ever do, the gender balance will be seriously reconsidered.
Deonisos's avatar
I think you've put the wrong flags with Ivan Pavlov and Dimitri Mendeleev. Those flags seem to be Dutch flags not Russian.
nomorepunchingjoe's avatar
[b] Hedy Lamarr [/b] please. Underated, because her Hollywood career, she was almost forgotten until recent internet times. Recent Marvel nod on TV should be enough to not forget about her. (as if helping defeat nazis, wifi, etc wouldnt be enough).
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UPRCHobbyist Digital Artist
Bill Nye is American, not British. ;)
datazoid's avatar
You're absolutely correct, and you're also the first person to notice that. Well spotted! I'll fix that up at some point in the near future. :)
Dreamscripter's avatar
Great work) I suppose, the next version also would need some more space-oriented scientists of the space-exploration period, like Tsiolkovskiy, Korolev, von Braun and etc.)
gynxmonkeypaw's avatar
Thanks. my bad. i thought they were Alphabetical throughout. LOL  Thanks again
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UnirayProfessional Filmographer
Nice work , They are perfectly fine for my project requirements, Please respond to the  private note :) 
gynxmonkeypaw's avatar
No Isaac Asimov?   Yeesh..... Number one published works......
Beyond that great work.
datazoid's avatar
Sixth row, first position. :)
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TraheripteryxHobbyist General Artist
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOG! A Bob Bakker action figure!
Though the Mythbusters might have the most action. :XD:
Does Pavlov's dog come with a drool-function?
srhanson's avatar
Can't wait to see Mae Jemison in volume 4 !
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