Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Math-Sci-Tech Trivia Part II

  1. Aug 9, 2004 #1

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Same rules :

    # no googling
    # only one guess per person

    1. Meniere's Disease, which affects the middle ear, gives rise to a disorder, commonly known as what ?

    2. Hero of Alexandria, an ancient mathematician and inventor, gave us Hero's formula for the area of a triangle in terms of its sides. He is also credited with an invention that is now a boon to companies like Pepsi and Coca Cola.

    What was the invention ?

    3. Long one : In 1952, while reporting a burglary, he let on that he was having a homosexual relationship. The police arrested him and charged him with "Gross Indecency..." Following a trial, which found him guilty, he was publicly humiliated, and forced to undergo hormone therapy, which made him impotent, obese and severely depressed.On June 7, 1954, he went to his room with a jar a cyanide and an apple. He dipped the apple in the cyanide and took several bites. At the age of just forty-two, one of the true geniuses of the century commited suicide, his works, unrecognized by the world.

    His last words probably were those of the Wicked Witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves : "Dip the apple in the brew, Let the sleeping death seep through."

    Who ?

    4. In 1604, Johannes Kepler studied this phenomenon which he claimed was associated with the triple conjunction of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. He calculated the periodicity of this event to be about 800 years.

    How do we better know this phenomenon ?

    5. A French Professor of Pathology & Anatomy, he invented a machine that he claimed was faster than what was then the standard tool in use. A highwayman, Nicholas Pelletier, was chosen for the first testing. The invention was officially accepted by the authorities in 1792.

    Name the professor.

    6. When Gladstone (British PM) met this physicist, he asked him whether his works would be of any use. "Yes, sir" remarked the scientist, "One day you will tax it."

    Who ?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 9, 2004 #2
    This is clearly Heron, and I will try his "aeolipile".
     
  4. Aug 9, 2004 #3

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Yes, Hero and Heron are the same person. But no, it's not the aeolipile.

    Good guess though. Did you thing it was used as an aerator for Pepsi/Coke ?
     
  5. Aug 9, 2004 #4

    jcsd

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    5. Professor Guillotine?
     
  6. Aug 9, 2004 #5

    arildno

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member
    Dearly Missed

    3. Alan Turing
     
  7. Aug 9, 2004 #6

    Math Is Hard

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    1. Vertigo?
     
  8. Aug 9, 2004 #7
    I would have guessede that too. I am trying to avoid french related questions, in order not to be considered as cheater. :redface:

    But I failed with the Heron thing :cry: :confused:
     
  9. Aug 9, 2004 #8

    chroot

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    6) I believe this was Faraday.

    - Warren
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2004
  10. Aug 9, 2004 #9

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Chroot, what have you done ?? :surprise: :eek:

    Maybe I didn't make the rules clear enough...each person get's to take a shot at only one question(not one guess per question) until I announce a 'free for all'.

    I think I was a little careless with the wording because I'd assumed you would have looked at Part I first - where the rules are clearer.
     
  11. Aug 9, 2004 #10

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Okay, the results so far...

    5. Professeur Joseph Ignace Guillotin ? Oui Monsieur jcsd. Bravo ! :biggrin:

    Actually, a form of the guillotine was invented in England where it had been in use since the 12th or 13th Century. Prof. Guillotin made some modifications, but more importantly, vehemently lobbied for its use, on humanitarian grounds. The other forms of execution prevalent in France before the Revolution included hanging, and a machine that had a big wooden wheel that would break your spine.

    3. Alan Turing, you say, eh ? Right-ho, matey ! :tongue:

    It was not until 1974 - and the dogged determination Captain F.W Winterbotham - that the world got to hear about the folks at Bletchley Park, that damn near won the bloody war.

    1. Vertigo ? The Hitchcock thriller ? Did you know that some critics believe that the entire plot of the movie is a dream by a senseless Scottie who falls from the gutter in the first scene....but I digress...

    Yes, vertigo's right, MIH :smile:

    Humanino, it's going to be impossible to keep the French out of Math & Science trivia. Please don't let that stop you. It most certainly will not be considered 'cheating'.

    Now Chroot, your sins are alleviated by their results. You got #6 correct. It was Faraday and he was working on Electricity at the time.

    People tend not to know that Faraday was an excellent analytical chemist and that he discovered Benzene.

    Questions 2 and 4 remain unsolved.
     
  12. Aug 9, 2004 #11
    :eek: :yuck: :surprise:
    Are you sure there is no way to keep those French out :wink:
     
  13. Aug 9, 2004 #12

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    No way, I'm sure. And particularly that late 18th Century gang. I don't want to name names, so I'll leave it at that.
     
  14. Aug 9, 2004 #13

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    free for all

    Okay, now it's a free for all on 2 and 4. People that have guessed/answered before are back in the game. But take only one shot at each Q.

    Some hints :

    2. How did u get your last soda ? If that doesn't help, then you're the wrong u, sorry. :redface:

    4. What special year belongs in the equivalence class of 1604 (modulo roughly 800) ? This is an unfair hint as it will help only the math folk...so I'll help more : In what other years would this phenomenon have occured ? Does any of them jingle a bell ? :biggrin:

    Now I've gone too far. :grumpy:
     
  15. Aug 9, 2004 #14

    chroot

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    2) The... vending machine?

    - Warren
     
  16. Aug 9, 2004 #15

    Math Is Hard

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    4. So this event had to occur also in 4 AD (roughly). Could this have been the Star of Bethlehem?
     
  17. Aug 9, 2004 #16
    I bet you're right ! It's perfectly clear now... :rolleyes: :approve:
     
  18. Aug 9, 2004 #17

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Wow...that was quick ! :smile:

    Correct on both counts !
     
  19. Aug 9, 2004 #18

    Math Is Hard

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    I think it was the hint "jingle a bell" that gave it away. :smile:
     
  20. Aug 9, 2004 #19

    Math Is Hard

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Woohoo!!! :biggrin:
     
  21. Aug 9, 2004 #20

    arildno

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member
    Dearly Missed

    "6. When Gladstone (British PM) met this physicist, he asked him whether his works would be of any use. "Yes, sir" remarked the scientist, "One day you will tax it."

    Who ?"

    A terribly misleading question, since Gladstone became PM first time in 1868; Faraday had been dead for about a year then..
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?



Similar Discussions: Math-Sci-Tech Trivia Part II
  1. Sci/Tech Headlines (Replies: 2)

Loading...