Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Test Your Knowledge: Einstein's Miraculous Year

For a long time, I've been wanting to post a sampling of things that I think you should know off the top of your head if you consider yourself well educated. Test Your Knowledge, or, Things Y'oughta Know. I know, it's rather presumptuous. Who am I to say? Of course I'll pick things that I already know. But you're here, so...

First up, Albert Einstein's "annus mirabilis," 1905. In that year, Einstein published not one, not two, but four amazing and ground-breaking papers in physics explaining physical phenomena or proposing new theories. What were the topics of at least two of the four papers? I only remembered three; only when I was checking my answers on Wikipedia did I learn of the one published September 27. I'm reading a book that mentioned the second one listed in the Wikipedia article, which prompted this post, but I would have known that one anyway.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Rich said...

Hmmm, I knew three, but even though I studied physics in college I embarrassingly didn't know Einstein was the discoverer of Brownian motion. How about that?

Maybe you should should bleg for the rest of the tyk subject to remove the self-bias? I'll start. Name 4 large pre-Roman empires and one of each of their contributions to human progress.

September 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Ketan said...

He didn't discover it. Botanist Robert Brown did. Einstein explained it.

September 17, 2008 at 12:41 PM  

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