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Everyone has heard about Newton and theory of gravity. But do you know he did major contributions in mathematics. Take this quiz and find interesting and exciting facts about mathematics.

  • Question of

    During what century did Newton and Leibnitz develop calculus and Descartes invent analytic geometry?

    • 16th
    • 12th
    • 19th
    • 17th
  • Question of

    Which is not one of the five Platonic solids?

    • Hexahedron
    • Octahedron
    • Tetrahedron
    • pentahedron
  • Question of

    Hypatia (370-415 AD) is the first female mathematician we know by name. But how did she die?

    • died in her sleep
    • cut to pieces with shells
    • burned as a heretic
    • stoned
  • Question of

    Evariste Galois did die on the eve of his 21st birthday in a duel. What other romantic myth about Galois is, in fact, true?

    • He was denied entrance to the Ecole Polytechnique because he embarrassed the examiner
    • Famous mathematicians lost not one, but two of his manuscripts
    • He wrote down a long treatise about group theory the night before he died
    • The royalists set him up for his fatal duel.
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    Jean Baptiste Fourier is famed for Fourier series and the fact that any periodic curve can be written as the sum of sines and cosines. How did Fourier die?

    • Heart attack
    • Drowned
    • Froze to death
    • Died in his sleep
  • Question of

    Alan Turing was the man who cracked Enigma, made great contributions to computer science, and then killed himself in 1954. Many speculate that his sudden behavior was due to the drugs he had been taking for what condition?

    • Allergies
    • Depression
    • Homosexuality
    • Kleptomania
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    Georg Cantor’s greatest contribution to mathematics was probably his Diagonal Method, which has been borrowed to prove, among other things, the impossibility of a solution to the halting problem. What did Cantor use this method to prove?

    • That there are more real numbers than integers
    • That there are as many real numbers as integers
    • That there are more fractions than integers
    • That there are as many fractions as integers
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    Kurt Goedel is famous for proving the incompleteness of mathematics. Once again (I’m not really this morbid, I swear), how did he die?

    • Died in his sleep
    • Burned to death
    • Killed during a robbery
    • Starved to death
  • Question of

    Time for an obscure question! What French mathematician fell for probably the biggest dupe in history; a series of letters, all in French, all on paper, supposedly written by such people as Alexander the Great, Plato, Cleopatra, and Mary Magdalene?

    • Lagrange
    • Chasles
    • Moulin
    • Lucas
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    Sticking with Goedel, which of the following oddities about Goedel is false?

    • Proved the existence of God
    • Started every class with a prayer
    • Married a nightclub dancer
    • Never showed up for appointments
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    What is the claim to fame of Hippasus of Metapontum?

    • measured the circumference of the earth
    • he was Pythagoras’ teacher
    • proved the irrationality of the square root of two
    • invented deductive geometry
  • Question of

    Finally, a question about pseudo-mathematics. ‘The Great Pyramid’ by Basil Stewart is still in print today. Why is this surprising?

    • Basil Stewart himself admits that the book was a hoax.
    • It contains no punctuation.
    • It is written entirely in mathematical symbols.
    • It predicts the end of the world in 1953.
  • Question of

    Which of these numbers did the ancient Egyptians consider to be sacred?

    • 9
    • 5
    • 4
    • 1
  • Question of

    The numerals used by today’s mathematicians were developed in…

    • Rome
    • Arabia
    • France
    • Greece
  • Question of

    What concept was developed by ancient Hindu mathematicians?

    • zero
    • conic section
    • decimal point
    • 360-degree circle
    • 360-degree circle


Eric Brown

Written by Eric Brown


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