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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    13)Which book and what author attempted to teach the decimal system to the world.
    Presumably you expect Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci) and the Liber Abici.

    But then I thought that was the Arabic numerals and the place system,
    not the decimal system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    7)Who invented the telescopre (trick question)?
    Anyone of a number of people:

    Traditionally: Hans Lippershey
    In popular belief: Galileo
    Reflecting Telescope: Newton

    Possibly Francis Bacon or some other Elizabethan

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    15)Name at least 6 people who developed quantum theory.
    How about:

    Boltzmann
    Bohr
    Einstein
    Schrödinger
    Heisenberg
    Von Neumann
    Dirac
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlank
    It could well have been a reference to Hook's(?) claim of priority for
    the inverse square law. Hook was short, so its an indirect denial of
    Hook's priority claim.

    Otherwise Kepler and Galileo and numerous others.

    RonL
    Newton most appreciated the solution to the "tangent problem" which was solved by Fermat. The others you mentioned where other people he referred to but not the giant par excellence.

    Cannot have been Leibniz for he lived during his time andNewton disliked him. It would have been nice if Newton and Leibniz worked together instead of hating eachother.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlank
    Anyone of a number of people:

    Traditionally: Hans Lippershey
    In popular belief: Galileo
    Reflecting Telescope: Newton

    Possibly Francis Bacon or some other Elizabethan
    I was speaking of the initial telescope which you said was correct, by Hans in 1609. As I said it was a trick question because most people believe it was Galileo in 1610. All Galileo did was perfect the telescope for star gazing. Good job on that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlank
    Presumably you expect Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci) and the Liber Abici
    I do. Is it a United Kingdomish thing to say 'Leonardo of Pisa'?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheSmartestManInHistory
    Name at least 6 people who developed quantum theory.
    The six I was thinking were,
    Planck, Bohr, Born, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Pauli

    How can you miss, Planck? That should be the first name to automatically think of. Furthermore, Einstein had nothing to do with Quantum theory. Also, not sure if Dirac had something to do with it either.

    Here is a funnier question:
    "Name at least 1 non-German who developed quantum theory (classical)?"
    ---
    I thought of an interesting question. Note that Galileo is for some reason referred to usually by his first name. Name another person from math or science who is referred to usually by his first name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker

    I was speaking of the initial telescope which you said was correct, by Hans in 1609. As I said it was a trick question because most people believe it was Galileo in 1610. All Galileo did was perfect the telescope for star gazing. Good job on that one.
    There are stories floating around about references in late 16 C sources to
    the use of perspective glasses at sea by English ships, which if substantiated
    would pre-date Lippershey's invention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    Newton most appreciated the solution to the "tangent problem" which was solved by Fermat. The others you mentioned where other people he referred to but not the giant par excellence.

    Cannot have been Leibniz for he lived during his time andNewton disliked him. It would have been nice if Newton and Leibniz worked together instead of hating eachother.
    I favour the epigram being a calculated insult of Hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    The six I was thinking were,
    Planck, Bohr, Born, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Pauli

    How can you miss, Planck? That should be the first name to automatically think of.
    Not me, Boltzmann



    Furthermore, Einstein had nothing to do with Quantum theory. Also, not sure if Dirac had something to do with it either.
    Einstein proposed the quantisation of EM radiation in his 1905 paper on
    the Photo-Electric effect. I seem to recall that he got a Nobel prize for
    that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    Here is a funnier question:
    "Name at least 1 non-German who developed quantum theory (classical)?"
    ---
    out of my initial list the ones that I know are not German are:

    Bohr
    Von Neumann
    Dirac

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    I thought of an interesting question. Note that Galileo is for some reason referred to usually by his first name. Name another person from math or science who is referred to usually by his first name.
    Because both of his names are essentialy the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlank
    There are stories floating around about references in late 16 C sources to
    the use of perspective glasses at sea by English ships, which if substantiated
    would pre-date Lippershey's invention.
    That is because the English try to steal all of history inventions for themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
    11)Who was the primarily giant Newton referrend to in "...I stood on the soldier of the giants...".
    If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
    -- Isaac Newton

    In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
    -- Gerald Holton

    If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
    -- Hal Abelson

    Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
    -- Gauss

    Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes.
    -- Richard Hamming

    It has been said that physicists stand on one another's shoulders. If this is the case, then programmers stand on one another's toes, and software engineers dig each other's graves.
    -- Unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark
    If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
    -- Isaac Newton

    In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
    -- Gerald Holton

    If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
    -- Hal Abelson

    Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
    -- Gauss

    Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes.
    -- Richard Hamming

    It has been said that physicists stand on one another's shoulders. If this is the case, then programmers stand on one another's toes, and software engineers dig each other's graves.
    -- Unknown

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    If I have not seen as far as others its because I am standing in the footprints
    of giants.

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    7)Who invented the telescopre (trick question)?
    I think it was an arabian invention, could have been also adopted from the chinese though (like the astrolabe and the compass).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebesques
    I think it was an arabian invention, could have been also adopted from the chinese though (like the astrolabe and the compass).
    That could be interesting, but we will need references.

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    The first compass originated in China. Although I'm not sure where it was first practically used.
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