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Henry Cavendish - Cavendish was terrified of women and as a result, communicated with his female servants using notes.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


Mathematics - During the twelfth century, translations of his work on numerals introduced the decimal positional number system to the Western world.An "algorithm" was named for Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, an Arab scholar in what field?

       a. Anatomy
       b. Mathematics
       c. Philosophy
       d. Music


Watson, come here. I want to see you. - Bell spoke the famous sentence On March 10, 1876.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.


Steel plowshare - In 2012, John Deere was listed as 97th in the Fortune 500 America's ranking.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


It exploded - Christian was a professor at the University of Basel from 1828 until his death in 1868.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


Enrico Fermi - He received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity.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


Richard Feynman - For contributions to quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, along with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965.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


A pendulum - Jean is credited with naming the gyroscope.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


Rudolf Diesel - Rudolf invented the Diesel engine.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


Humphry Davy - Humphry invented the Davy lamp in 1815, which allowed miners to go about their work safely in the presence of flammable gases.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


Hipparchus - Hipparchus is considered to be the founder of trigonometry.Who compiled the first trigonometric table, discovered precession and compiled the first star catalogue?

       a. Hero of Alexandria
       b. Hipparchus
       c. Euclid
       d. Pythagoras


Thomas Edison - Among many inventions, Edison invented the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the electric light bulb.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


Princeton, New Jersey - Albert is best known for developing the general theory of relativity.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


Archimedes - Archimedes was a Greek inventor, mathematician, engineer, physicist, and astronomer.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?

       a. Archimedes
       b. Pindar
       c. Pliny the Elder
       d. Diogenes


Albert Einstein - Albert was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his services to theoretical physics.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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