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 ?