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Words and Terms Associated with People's Names
Some English words and scientific terms are derived from the names of real people. See if you recognise these.
Which term is derived from the name of a 19th century land agent in Ireland?
What is 'Gresham's Law'?
"Bad money drives good money out of circulation."
"Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things."
"It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take this law into account."
"Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later."
Which of these scientists does not have an internationally accepted SI (système internationale) physical unit named after him?
James Clerk Maxwell
The work of Thomas Bowdler gave rise to the verb 'to bowdlerize'. What is bowdlerization?
Making an instrument sterile, by boiling or heating, so that it can be used in a medical procedure
Treating yarn or thread so that when it is dyed the colour will be fixed and not wash out or fade
The neutering of stray cats and dogs to keep their numbers down
Editing a book, film or play to make it suitable for children or people who are easily offended
If a mathematician has an "Erdős number" of 2, what does it mean?
The mathematician has written a paper with someone who has written an academic paper with Paul Erdős.
The mathematician has written an academic paper with Paul Erdős.
The mathematician was a student of Paul Erdős.
The mathematician was a student of a student of Paul Erdős.
"Banting" is what William Banting became well-known for doing. What is it?
Plagiarising by translating and adapting foreign language publications
Counterfeiting small coins
Suing people for pleasure or spite, with little regard for the costs
Dieting to lose weight
Emedeo Avogadro has both a physical law and a physical constant (a number) named after him.
Which is the odd one out of the following?
(General Ambrose) Burnside
(Anthony) Van Dyke
What are the islets of Langerhans, named for Paul Langerhans?
A region of partly submerged reefs off the southern coast of Java
Regions of the pancreas containing cells that produce hormones
Parts of the human retina where (intensity-sensitive) rod cells cluster among the (colour-sensitive) cone cells
A cluster of relatively stable dark spots on Jupiter
The word 'nasty' originally referred to Thomas Nast who was a 19th century caricaturist with a particularly merciless, biting wit.
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