Help with a "Scientists" Chess set

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  1. Don't panic, Jan 31, 2014
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    Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    hi there,
    I am toying with the idea of "themed" chess sets, and one that i was thinking about was a science/scientists-based one.
    there are a myriad of ways to do chess sets,
    - a basic set of just 6 pieces (K, Q, B, K, R, P) in two colors (6 indiv. pieces)
    - 2 sets of 6 different pieces (6 for each 'team') (12 indiv. pieces)
    - a more complex sets of 8 different pieces (e.g. the two black bishops are different from each other) + 8 common pawns for each color (18 indiv pieces)
    - each piece is different, but designed so it is recognizable (32 indiv. pieces).

    I wanted to use scientists as chess pieces, and had divided the two sets by an arbitrary ancient vs modern, with the line approximately traced around 1800

    there are no 'rules' obviously but i tried to put them in a way that makes some sort of sense (in my mind) both hierarchical (K,Q>B,K,R>P) and thematic and with some sort of symmetry between sets

    here is my first draft of a set (with a couple of indecisions):

    white (classic)

    K - Leonardo da Vinci
    Q - Newton
    B - Hippocrates, Avicenna (Imhotep)
    K - Levoisier, Boyle (Paracelsus)
    R - Galileo, Copernicus
    P - Archimedes, Pythagoras, Euclid, Aristotle, Democritus, Linnaeus, Pascal, Descartes

    black (modern)

    K - Darwin
    Q - Einstein
    B - Pasteur, Fleming
    K - Bohr, Faraday (Maxwell)
    R - Tesla, Volta (Edison)
    P - M. Curie, Mendel, Mendeleev, Fermi, Hawkings, Turing, Freud, Watson/Crick

    it was quite difficult, as there are so many others who could have been included instead
    others i considered:
    (white: Bacon, Brahe, Cavendish, Celsius, Epicurus, Euler, Fermat, Fibonacci, Franklyn, Galen, Galvani, Hooke, Kepler, Van Leewenhoek, Vesalius)
    (black: Avogadro, Carnot, Dalton, Gauss, Haber, Jenner, laplace, Marconi, Planck, Virchow, Watt)

    I am sure i am missing someone essential :)

    i would love to hear your suggestions on how to modify/improve my set

    i'll expound on my reasoning for the selection in a following post, not to get this too massive

    so, here is the little game I propose;
    how would you make your set? why? (you don't have to follow my criteria, except for it being based on scientists)
    or what changes would you suggest to the set above?
  2. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Cool idea don't panic! I'd be more inclined to include a few more great female scientists such as Rosalind Franklin but your list is pretty good :)
  3. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    Cool idea.

    If I may suggest:

    White Queen: Hypatia (1st century CE mathematician)
    Black Queen: Marie Curie

    Otherwise, excellent!
  4. Don't panic thread starter macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    those are great suggestions.
    i especially like Hypatia as the white queen.
    and Rosalind can go with watson and crick.

    question is, who gets bumped out?

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