Biography Trivia Quiz
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The great medieval mathematician known as Fibonacci produced a series of important works in the early 13th century. One important innovation in his writings was…
B) Using Arabic numeric notation instead of Roman
C) Using his native Italian instead of Latin or Greek
D) Using specially trained scribes to ensure accuracy
Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576), the great mathematician, physician, astrologer and scholar who founded probability theory, led a colorful and controversial life that included time spent in prison for the crime of…
B) Employing the square roots of negative numbers
C) Murdering his daughter-in-law
D) Practising medicine without a license
William Harvey, a 17th-century English scientist, made an important contribution to biology with his:
B) Invention of the microscope
C) Research on vaccination to immunize against disease
D) Study of the electrical nature of nerve impulses
The 18th-century French intellectual François-Marie Arouet is better known by another name. He was:
B) Diderot, the encyclopedist
C) Laplace, the physicist and mathematician
D) Voltaire, the philosophe
What were the professional skills of Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (1743-1795)?
B) Author, composer and flautist
C) Exorcist, rabble-rouser and witch-hunter
D) Explorer, linguist and missionary
The greatest composer
Ludwig van Beethoven declared in 1806 that another composer of his acquaintance was the greatest of any then living. Which of his contemporaries had impressed him so deeply?
The 19th-century French archeologist Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832) is most famous for his discovery of:
B) How to decipher ancient Egyptian inscriptions
C) The techniques used to prepare mummies
D) The tomb of Tutankhamen
Napoleon’s last sit
In which ocean is the island of St. Helena, site of Napoleon’s final imprisonment?
Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Byron, lived a brief but full life, ended by illness in 1852 when she was just 36. By then she had made her own contribution to history as a pioneer in which field?
Darwin’s daily doings
Charles Darwin, the great evolutionary theorist, was a man of fixed habits. For much of his adult life, his daily routine always included:
B) Making detailed sketches of specimens from his insect collection
C) Smoking a pipe while solving the crossword in The Times
D) Two games of backgammon with his wife, Emma
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