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"Isaac Newton said, "If I saw further than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants." This quiz is dedicated to some of those giants who shaped world history by not brute force, but sheer genius. Have fun!"
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I was brazen enough to run naked through the streets of Syracuse shouting 'Eureka! Eureka!' Science proved to be my undoing, as I was killed by a Roman soldier whom I ignored, being engrossed in a mathematics problem. Who am I?
I am the the 'Father of Modern Physics'. The four moons of Jupiter which I discovered are named after me. I supported the heliocentric theory of Copernicus in my book 'Dialogue concerning the two chief World Systems'. The Catholic Church was scandalized and placed me under house arrest. Who am I?
Pierre Simon Laplace
At the age of twelve, I published a treatise on communication of sounds. At the age of sixteen came another treatise on the conic sections. In 1642, at the age of eighteen, I invented a numerical wheel calculator truly advanced for my time, to help my father, a tax-collector, to count taxes. Who am I?
My name may still be seen today cut into the wood of a window sill at King's School, Grantham, where I studied grammar and Latin. In 1687, I published 'Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica', considered the greatest scientific book ever written. I have to my credit the Law of Universal Gravitation and the Laws of Motion. Who am I?
I discovered the role oxygen plays in combustion and also demonstrated the Law of Conservation of Mass. In 1789, I published 'An Elementary Treatise on Chemistry', the first modern chemistry book ever. I was guillotined in 1794, during the French Revolution. Who am I?
I was the most controversial scientist ever. I set sail on the HMS Beagle and obtained vast knowledge on the flora and fauna of many lands. I suggested that human beings have evolved from apes in my book 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'. Who am I?
Antonio Van Leeuwenhoek
I came from a poor family, did not learn to talk until I was four years of age and was expelled from school for being weak in studies. Yet I went on to patent a staggering 1093 inventions and became known as the 'Wizard of Menlo Park'. Who am I?
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Alva Edison
I coined the term 'radioactivity'. I was the first woman to get a Nobel Prize, the first person to get two Nobel Prizes, and also the first person to get a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. My daughter Irene and son-in-law Frederic Joliot followed in my footsteps and shared a Nobel Prize in 1935. Who am I?
Gertrude Belle Elion
I formulated the famous mass-energy equation E=mc^2. My theory on General Relativity is considered the greatest achievement of 20th century physics. I received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921 for my work on the Photoelectric Effect. Who am I?
With the help of my friend Roger Penrose, I mathematically proved the Big Bang Theory. I also discovered that black holes emit radiations and are hence not permanent. I suffer from Lou Gehrig's disease, which has left me confined to a wheelchair. Who am I?
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Compiled Jun 28 12