report this ad
Just For Fun
Quizzes to Consider
Create a Quiz
Add a New Topic
Locations & Scores
Become a Host
/ Defunct Theories in Physics
Can you name the Defunct Theories in Physics?
Quiz not verified by Sporcle
Popular Quizzes Today
North American Challenge: Top 4 Countries
Find the US States - No Outlines Minefield
Click the Colored Circles
Who's That With Martin Luther King, Jr.?
I Have A Dream!
Rate 5 stars
Rate 4 stars
Rate 3 stars
Rate 2 stars
Rate 1 star
ADD to PLAYLIST
How to Play
To answer simply name the theory described which has now been disproved and replaced. Nominate the quiz if you like it!
Description of Defunct Theory
Count Rumford discovered a lot about this debunked substance by boring a whole lot of cannons (how boring). It was said to exist in all things and was the cause of heat transfer.
Michelson and Morley put the final nail in the coffin of this concept when they showed that the speed of light did not depend on what direction one was facing.
Benjamin Franklin was a proponent of this theory of electricity which had both positive and negative flows within a wire.
This delicious theory was kicked to the curb when Rutherford (and Geiger and Marsden) shot some alpha particles (helium nuclei) at some gold foil. Sorry Thomson.
It was Empedocles in ancient Greece who tacked on these 2 new 'forces' to the already widely accepted 4. His new forces were meant to explain WHY the others behaved how they do
Though still ubiquitous today, due to its high accuracy in most situations, this theory pioneered by the likes of Newton and Lagrange was replaced by the stranger Quantum Mechanics
It was Newton who put forward this theory which states that light is made of tiny particles (for which he had a special name). Unfortunately the true story is more complicated.
This theory of an unchanging universe was an equally accepted alternative to the big bang theory before the relatively recent discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
Despite being 'common knowledge' it is simply not true that people believed this theory until Columbus. Even before the ancient greeks this theory was known to be false.
Despite what people say, this theory was NOT replaced by the view that the 'earth rotates around the sun' but rather both orbit around their two-body center of mass.
Poor Newton, his theories are taking a beating. It was Einstein who 'revised' this law which is probably best known to layman for the apocryphal tale of how Newton conceived it.
Yet another theory smashed by Einstein. This theory of Galileo stated that, in physics, there was an absolute time and inertial reference frames could have any relative velocity.
report this ad
You're not logged in!
Compare scores with friends on all Sporcle quizzes.
Connect with Facebook
Connect with Google
Sign Up with Email
You Might Also Like...
Metric System (SI) Prefixes
Clickable Scientific Discoveries
(warning: may contain spoilers)
Top Quizzes Today in Science
Simple Math Minefield
'H' Natural World
Amino Acids by Picture
Top Quizzes with Similar Tags
Mammals from Wikipedia
Parts of the Psyche
Top User Quizzes in Science
Math Class Logic Puzzle
25 Fun Facts About Gorillas!
Elements Venn Diagram
Simpsons Illnesses & Injuries
Your Account Isn't Verified!
In order to create a playlist on Sporcle, you need to verify the email address you used during registration. Go to your
to finish the process.
report this ad
mentally stimulating diversions
Quizzes for your site
Report a Problem
Copyright © 2007-2016 Sporcle, Inc.
Established January 30th, 2007
Go to the Sporcle.com Mobile Site →