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|This Italian physicist was born in 1564. He is known as, "a father of modern physics," along with many other titles. Who is he?|
Galileo. Galilei Galileo is widely noted for his discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter. Galileo also provided the groundwork for a modern theory of classical mechanics. The story of Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa "falling objects" experiment is widely recounted.
|The "farad," a measure of electric capacitance, is named after a British physicist. Who is it? |
Faraday. Michael Faraday is quoted as saying, "Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature." Born in 1791, Faraday was heavily influenced by Humphry Davy and made significant contributions to the theory of electromagnetism.
|One of the most recognized names in science, who formulated the general and special theories of relativity? |
Einstein. Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. Einstein was a prolific writer as well. Among his many famous quotations is the following: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
|A woman of many "firsts," this Nobel Prize winning scientist is primarily known for her work with radioactivity. What is her name?|
Curie. "I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries." Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She also won the Nobel Prize in more than one discipline, physics and chemistry.
|This American theoretical physicist won the Nobel Prize in 1965. His famous lectures and best-selling books have helped to popularize physics. Complete the following title for the name of this physicist: "Surely, You're Joking, Mr. _______." |
Feynman. ""Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character," was a best selling book. His book, "Six Easy Pieces" is on The Modern Library's list of the 100 best nonfiction books of the twentieth century.
|This physicist is well known for his contributions to theoretical physics. He has authored many popular books, including, A Brief History of Time." What is his name?|
Hawking. Considered one of the preeminent scientists in the field of theoretical physics, Stephen Hawking is often compared with Einstein. Hawking was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease at the age of 21. One of Hawking's more popular quotations is, "God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen."
|This German physicist is primarily known for the temperature scale used in the United States. What is his name?|
Fahrenheit. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit employed his knowledge of physics, engineering and glass-blowing to invent the mercury-based thermometer. Accordingly, he also developed the temperature measurement scale which bears his name.
|This brilliant inventor appeared on the cover of Time Magazine on July 20th, 1931. He is primarily known for his work and patents related to alternating current. Who is this "mad scientist?"|
Tesla. Despite the fact that Tesla was a brilliant mind and prolific inventor, he sadly died destitute and alone. However, his contributions have been revived in a more favorable light in popular culture.
|You may recognize the name of this Italian physicist from a common unit of electromotive force. Who is this?|
Volta. Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) discovered and isolated methane gas during the late 1700s. He is more widely known for his invention of the first electric cell or battery. It was called the "voltaic pile." The SI unit of measure for electromotive force, electric potential and potential force is named in honor of Volta.
|One of the most weighty and influential scientists of all time, this English scientist formulated the laws of gravitation. What is his name?|
Newton. Isaac Newton's accomplishments span many different disciplines. He achieved most of his acclaim in the fields of mathematics and physics. He also published works on optics and philosophy. Interestingly enough, he also held the prestigious title of, "Master of the Mint," for the Royal Mint.
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