February 28, 2011

French Scientist Day

Today is the birthday of these French scientists:

Rene-Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur (1683) – entomology
Louis Godin (1704) – astronomy
Rene-Just Hauy (1743) – mineralogy
Edmond Fremy (1814) – chemistry
Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil (1877) – archeology
Pierre Fatou (1878) – mathematics

Which of these fine gentlemen from the 1600s to the 1800s, do you think, did each achievement?

  1. Who is most known for discovering a salt that acts to promote oxidation?
  2. Who went to Peru to help take measurements to determine the size and shape of the earth?
  3. Who studied the relationship between the growth of insects and temperature?
  4. Who is noted for his studies of cave art?
  5. Who accidentally discovered the geometrical law of crystallization when he dropped some calcite?
  6. Who studied iterative and recursive processes?

ANSWERS: 1.Fremy – 2.Godin – 3.Reaumur – 4.Breuil – 5.Hauy – 6.Fatou

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