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I've had to sum up each scientist's life works in a few words - clearly this doesn't do them justice but it does fit better. An update of an earlier version of this quiz, with thanks to goseaward.
Scientists - Who was born first?
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Feb 1st, 2013 at 19:16 GMT
Having the scientists listed alphabetically by their first name isn't ideal but it's the most logical way this format seems to allow me. Suggestions of fixes gratefully received.
Feb 2nd, 2013 at 02:23 GMT
Rachel Carson doesn't belong on this quiz.
Feb 2nd, 2013 at 04:46 GMT
Oh hey--nifty! :D As for getting the authors in alphabetical order by last name, you could make sure your input is in that order and then ask it to randomize the questions but not randomize or alphabetize the answers. Too bad there's not an "alphabetize by last name" option though, it seems to come up often enough...
Feb 2nd, 2013 at 04:49 GMT
and MikeN--she was a marine biologist and environmentalist. She may have made her name through popular science activism rather than scientific research, but she was no more nor less a scientist than, say, Carl Sagan, and I've never seen him objected to as an answer on similar quizzes.
Feb 2nd, 2013 at 06:07 GMT
...never mind, just realized my suggestion won't work with matchable quizzes. Ignore me! :D
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 03:23 GMT
damn biologists, soft scientists
Feb 6th, 2013 at 13:18 GMT
Several things- 1. Henri Becquerel, not Marie Curie, first discovered radioactivity. Curie, Becquerel's student, discovered the elements radium and polonium. 2. Rosalind Franklin was the experimental crystallographer that gathered the raw data that Watson and Crick used in discovering the helical structure of DNA. However, she had nothing to do with their actual theoretical work or discovery. Providing raw data is important, but if you're using this interchangeably with discovering the theory, you might as well credit Michelson and Morley with Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity. Same logic. 3. Neither Jane Goodall nor Rachel Carson are "scientists". That doesn't make their work unimportant, but they are more in the public advocacy/policy sector. Neither has ever published significant theoretical or experimental findings.
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