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Born in Nice, France, what British physicist and chemist discovered
that water is made up of "dephlogisticated air" (oxygen) and "phlogiston" (hydrogen)?
a. Isaac Newton
b. Humphrey Davy
c. Henry Cavendish
d. Michael Faraday
An "algorithm" was named for Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, an
Arab scholar in what field?
On March 10, 1876, what was the first complete sentence ever
transmitted by telephone?
a. Watson, come here. I want to see you.
b. Testing, testing. One-two-three.
c. What hath God wrought?
d. Stop calling me. I don't want to change providers.
John Deere, who founded the company named for him, developed which
of these inventions, which he first tested in 1837, on Lewis Crandall's farm near Grand Detour, Illinois?
a. Steel plowshare
b. Barbed wire fencing
c. Electric lawnmower
d. Automatic rifle
Christian Schonbein was playing with nitric and sulfuric acids in
his wife's kitchen. He spilled some chemicals and used his wife's apron to clean up the mess. What happened
when he tried to dry the apron out over her oven?
a. It exploded
b. It tasted good
c. It became denim
d. It could speak three languages
After accepting a 1938 Nobel Prize, what Italian fled to the US
with his Jewish wife, rather than return to his increasingly anti-Semitic homeland?
a. Giuseppe Verdi
b. Guglielmo Marconi
c. Enrico Fermi
d. Umberto Eco
Surely you're joking! Who is shown playing bongos on the cover of a
book of his physics lectures?
a. Carl Sagan
b. Richard Feynman
c. Freeman Dyson
d. Stephen Hawking
In 1851, Jean Foucault created a stir by hanging something from the
dome of the Pantheon in Paris. What?
a. A pendulum
b. Jean Foucault
c. A list of his demands
d. A new lamp
What Paris-born German engine inventor mysteriously fell off a
steamer en route to London in 1913?
a. Rudolf Diesel
b. Carl Benz
c. Henry Bessemer
d. Gottlieb Daimler
He discovered boron, figured out the anesthetic effects of laughing
gas, proved that diamonds are made of carbon and invented the miner's lamp. Who was he?
a. Thomas Edison
b. Benjamin Franklin
c. Humphry Davy
d. Isaac Newton
Who compiled the first trigonometric table, discovered precession
and compiled the first star catalogue?
a. Hero of Alexandria
In 1862, what future inventor started publishing a weekly called
the Grand Trunk Herald, which he printed from his own lab in one of the freight cars?
a. Samuel Morse
b. Thomas Edison
c. Samuel Colt
d. Eli Whitney
After Hitler came to power, Albert Einstein got a job at the
Institute for Advanced Study and moved to what college town?
a. South Bend, Indiana
b. Palo Alto, California
c. Princeton, New Jersey
d. Cambridge, Massachusetts
After the Battle of Syracuse in the Second Punic War, as the story
goes, a Roman soldier killed this catapult inventor after the latter complained that the soldier was
disturbing his diagrams in the sand. Who was this famous Greek?
c. Pliny the Elder
Expressing his objection to quantum physics, who said, "God does
not play dice," to which Neils Bohr apparently replied, "Stop telling God what to do"?
a. Albert Einstein
b. Ernest Rutherford
c. Isaac Newton
d. Enrico Fermi
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