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The Most Important 'P' People
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"As the title indicates, this quiz includes questions about the most influential and significant people with 'P' names in world history. Try this quiz and see if you agree with my selections!"
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This 17th-century genius made a contribution in a number of different scientific and philosophic areas, including geometry, probability and hydrostatics, and invented perhaps the first mechanical calculator in 1642. Name him.
Peter the Great is considered by many scholars to be the most influential of Russian tsars. Early on in his reign as tsar, he took an extended sojourn to western Europe in order to see the effects of modernization in that region. Which of these did Peter not do during his trip?
Attended courses on physics at the Sorbonne
Labored in the dockyard of the Royal Navy in England
Worked as a ship's carpenter in Holland
Studied gunnery in Prussia
German physicist Max Planck is typically considered to be the father of what modern scientific discipline?
Though many of his theories and ideas in the realms of physics and astronomy proved ultimately to be based largely on fallacies, there is little question that the 2nd century AD mathematician Ptolemy of Alexandria deserves a place among the greats whose names begin with 'P'. His greatest work was called the 'Almagest', but what is his other great work of writing called?
Prior to the 19th century, the most significant work of literature in Europe describing the countries of the Far East was written by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo. Marco left for China with his father and uncle, both of whom had previously visited the distant East in the prior decade. What were the names of Marco's father and uncle?
Diego and Cristoforo
Niccol˛ and Maffeo
Amedeo and Rufe˛
Benvenuto and Giorgio
Perhaps the most important early proselytizer of the Christian faith, St. Paul, was born in Tarsus, Cilicia, now located in which present-day country?
Plato, along with his pupil Aristotle, laid the groundwork for Greco-Roman philosophy in his writings. Though we call him Plato (which means 'broad-shouldered'), what was this 5th-4th century BC Greek philosopher's name at birth?
Largely through the actions of the Spanish explorer and adventurer Francisco Pizarro in the 1530s, which empire was brought under the dominion of Spain?
One of the founders of Western science and mathematics was the ancient Greek scholar named Pythagoras. Born on Samos in the Aegean, he later founded a school in what is now southern Italy. In which Greek colony of Magna Graecia (southern Italy) did Pythagoras settle?
Last, but not least, we have Louis Pasteur, the famous French biologist. Which of these was not an accomplishment of the great Pasteur?
Development of the pasteurization process
Developed a technique for inoculating people for rabies
Development of an anthrax vaccine
Developed techniques for antiseptic surgery
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