While science and technology open the doors to the future, in this section we feature some of the great European scientists who laid the foundations for modern-day science.
A different scientist will be highlighted each year to promote European Science and Technology Week.
As represented in Science Week posters and literature, the above images with their double squares incorporating the three primary colours are visual proof of the relationship between the sides (a,b,c) of a right-angled triangle (i.e. c2 = b2 + a2), which is often recognised as Pythagorus' theorem. In fact this geometrical figure comes from the oldest Chinese book on mathematics, which predated Pythagorus by more than five centuries.
In addition inspiration is taken from
. Two of the European Commission's most prestigious prizes for science and technology bear the names of these great scientists.