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The Most Important 'L' People
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"Who were the most important people whose names begin with the letter 'L' in history? This is a very difficult question, of course, but I attempt to answer it with my selection below. See if you agree."
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This British doctor popularized antiseptic surgery among the medical community in Scotland and England, and eventually throughout the world. What was the name of this very important man of medicine?
Martin Luther, German scholar and clergyman, ignited one of the largest reformations in religious history. At what German university did Luther study and teach?
Lao Zi ( or Lao Tzu) is purported to be the founder of the native Chinese religion called Daoism (or Taoism). What does Lao Zi's name translate as in English?
Ocean of Wisdom
Certainly Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, played a huge role, for better or for worse, in the story of the 20th century. The execution of which of Lenin's family members prompted the young man to become a revolutionary?
18th century French scientist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier is often considered to be the 'Father of Chemistry' by members of that field. Which of these is false about this great man of chemistry?
He was executed under the guillotine
He discovered the elements hydrogen and oxygen
He first identified that oxygen was necessary for combustion
He first identified that water was a compound of hydrogen and oxygen
Though initially not a scientist by trade, Dutchman Antony van Leeuwenhoek nevertheless established himself as one of the most important figures of the life sciences with his key discovery of microbes. Is it true or false that Leeuwenhoek was the inventor of the compound microscope?
17th century Englishman John Locke may perhaps be the most important political philosopher in human history. Which of the following was not an important philosophical work written by Locke?
A Letter Concerning Toleration
Critique of Pure Reason
Two Treatises on Government
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Though this man only held the reigns of power in China for seven years, he was the founder of one of the great dynasties of world history. He also could possibly be the first man of 'low birth' to conquer an empire. Who was this founder of the Chinese Han Dynasty?
Along with Isaac Newton, this famous scientist is considered the discoverer of calculus, and his style of notation is the prevalent one still used today. What was his name?
Last, but not least on this list, is the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln. Along with helping usher the United States through its most difficult period, he participated in ending the heinous practice of slavery in America. When Lincoln started out in politics, with which political party was he affiliated?
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