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Tech Quiz 1

  1. Sep 13, 2006 #1

    siddharth

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    A tech fest is fast approaching in my university, and as part of the run up, a couple of my friends made a nice trivia quiz, which concluded yesterday. So, here it is. Feel free to google and remember to hide your answers using [ color=#ededed]

    1. Identify the person in the picture. (Hint: He was in India recently, and his visit led to an important policy decision in a particular state regarding computer education)

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    2. The customary long connect. Each of these 4 sets of pictures has in common, a particular word/concept. Identify the word/concept X.

    • The first picture is the logo of a famous organisation. The man is the second picture is a mathematician who hit the headlines last month for doing (rather, NOT doing) something. These two pictures are connected by the name of a mathematician A. Identify A with full explanations.

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    • The familiar picture shown below is named after a person B. B was responsible for popularizing one of the works of A. This work is one of the several works of B that illustrate the concept of X. Again, identify with complete explanations. (Refer A to the above question.)
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    • What word has been blanked out? Also, connect to X.
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    • Identify and connect.
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    • Identify and connect. (Hint: Famous surname.)
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    3.This statue of a famous scientist was unveiled at the Niagara Falls earlier this year. Which scientist?
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    4.Connect the two pictures given below by a company name (which has been blocked out in the first picture). Also what is the second word that has been blocked out? (Hint: You might not find any ad for this product today.)Full explanation required.
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    5. Name the phenomenon that has been blanked out.
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    6. Identify this classic toy/experiment.
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    7. Identify and connect. (Hint: The man in the second picture started something that has been increasing in popularity ever since its initiation.)
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    8. The sketch given below is from the popular Monty Python series. In the sketch, two customers are trying to order breakfast from a menu that includes a particular processed meat product in almost every item. The term X (used in communication) owes its origin to this sketch. What is X?
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  3. Sep 13, 2006 #2
    #3 is Tesla

    #5 is St. Elmo's Fire

    #8 is Spam
     
  4. Sep 13, 2006 #3

    JamesU

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    #6 is Newton's Cradle
     
  5. Sep 13, 2006 #4

    Kurdt

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    #8 is spam, and how good that sketch was.
     
  6. Sep 13, 2006 #5

    Danger

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    Gee, you guys are really adept at hiding your answers.
     
  7. Sep 13, 2006 #6
    First one looks a bit like RMS, but I'm not sure.

    edit: At least, I can't think of anyone else that would make sense(in a weird way) dressed as Jesus while holding computer hardware.

    edit2: Yup, apparently he was in india.
     
  8. Sep 13, 2006 #7

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    >>
    1. This is stallman of GNU - the state of Kerala has now switched all govt machines to operate Linux instead of Windows

    2. i) The guy in the pic (B) is Perelman, the logo is a thing I can't recall the name of - don't know the company or the connection, other than that the figure is a topological object of interest to the Poincare'(A) Conjecture (X) ; it can't be in the homotopy class of the 3-sphere

    (ii)Ricci (B) flows, curves, somesuch?

    (iii) No idea - wild guesses: Zeno's or Klein

    (iv) Ramanujan - don't know any direct connect to the PC, but can come up with several roundabout ones

    (v) (thought there were only supposed to be 4?) Bernoulli - connected to Ricci flows through fluid dynamics

    3. It has to be Tesla, but I know for a fact that there used to be some kind of statue of Tesla (sitting on a chair...or am I thinking of Abe) in Niagara before 2004 - I've seen it.

    << More later... got to go check on the cryostat.
     
  9. Sep 13, 2006 #8

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    Cryostat is settling on target temperature...got a few more minutes before it gets there.

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    4. Clueless on both pics but here's a wild guess on the first one: the company is Pfizer, and the word is Benadryl ?

    5 is St. Elmo's Fire, 6 is Newton's Cradle, 7 is a toughie, and 8 is of course, Spam!!
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  10. Sep 13, 2006 #9
    lunarmansion, please put all you guesses/answers within the tag and the end tag [ /color] (without the space).
     
  11. Sep 13, 2006 #10
    Clay Math Logo - Perelman - Riemann's (A) hypothsis (Clay); Escher's(B) (Trefoil) Knots - non-Euclidean (Riemannian?) geometry artwork; Zeno; Ramanujan, Jacob Bernoulli - Bernoulli number, Ramanujan studied it, related to A's Zeta function

    So, what fundas (fudae?) came up during the actual quiz?
     
  12. Sep 13, 2006 #11
    It's color=#ededed and /color ...enclose both within []. Does that help? Just hit the quote button in my last message and take a look.
     
  13. Sep 13, 2006 #12
    I have IRDD: Instruction Reading Deficit Disorder.
     
  14. Sep 13, 2006 #13

    Gokul43201

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    lunar, nice one on #7! Any ideas on the dude in the hat? >> Founder of HP (too long ago?), or the boss of their printers division or somesuch ?<<
     
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  15. Sep 13, 2006 #14
    Some answers that havent been answered yet


    4, the companies name is Bayer, and the drug they're percribing is heroin. I don't know what the picture next to the ad is though.
     
  16. Sep 14, 2006 #15

    siddharth

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    Questions answered so far are 1,3,5,6,8

    Gelsamel Epsilon, for question 4, you've identified the first pic correctly. (I'm impressed. How did you google that?) Can you see the connection with the second part. (Hint: WC)

    lunarmansion, the first pic in 7 is the statue of gutenberg. Here's a hint to figure out the dude in the hat. Think digital.

    2 is a really tough one. The guy in the pic (b) is perelman.
    The organisation whose logo is the pic, is more relevant to perelman. (that's a giveaway)

    The second pic is the escher knot

    The word in the dilbert strip is indeed Xeno's (See the conenction in the pics now?)

    The next pic is ramanujam <<strong hint>>(the man who knew ??)<<. In fact, that's the only picture of ramanujam which exists.

    The last is Jakob Bernoulli. The connection X should be obvious now
     
  17. Sep 14, 2006 #16
    It's not letting me see the pictures on the first page anymore.

    >But a simple "Bayer WC" search gives me a Bayer Sports company and mentions of FIFA World Cup, looks like some dutch sporting company.

    As for how I found out it was Bayer I just searched the address on the ad 40 Stone St, New York I think it was.
     
  18. Sep 14, 2006 #17
    Not true. There's a pic of him standing with a bunch of English mathematicians at Cambridge(?). I'll see if I can get one from the 'net, if not there must be one in one of his bios.

    And I think the organisation's logo has already been identified.(Btw, do you want the organisation's name or the object's name that serves as its logo?)
     
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  19. Sep 14, 2006 #18

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    Yikes, I thought I had at least some of the stuff in #2 right! :eek:
    >> that hint was almost a spoiler - infinity(X), Bernoulli's leminiscate conchoids <<
     
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  20. Sep 14, 2006 #19
    7. >>Michael Hart - Project Gutenberg on the web<<. Of course, all credit goes to lunarmansion and the clue. :)
     
  21. Sep 14, 2006 #20
    Okay, as I said there is atleast one more photo of Ramanujan apart from the oft-used passport photograph. In fact, there are four as you can note from the review of the book by Bruce Berndt...
    http://www.amazon.com/Ramanujan-Ess...ef=sr_1_1/103-3068538-0184650?ie=UTF8&s=books
    I couldn't find any in the web, though.
     
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