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My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

What very brilliant physicist wrote

A Brief History of Time?

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Who is primarily responsible for popularizing the Big Bang Theory?

Who is primarily responsible for popularizing the Big Bang Theory?

Albert Einstein

Isaac Newton

Galilei Galileo

Stephen Hawking

Edwin Hubble

None of the above

Edwin Hubble did contribute but Georges Lemaitre probably deserves credit for the original theory that was later supported by George Gamow. Although Carl Sagan certainly helped popularize the theory, the answer according to this writer is None of the Above. The best answer will appear in the lower left hand corner.

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Dr. Steven Chu (1948 - ) is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997) for his research on interplay of light and atoms. He has devoted his recent scientific career to the search for new solutions to our energy challenges and stopping global climate change - a mission he continues with even greater urgency as Secretary of Energy.

Dr. Steven Chu (1948 - ) is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997) for his research on interplay of light and atoms. He has devoted his recent scientific career to the search for new solutions to our energy challenges and stopping global climate change - a mission he continues with even greater urgency as Secretary of Energy.

Who is the current Secretary of Energy and co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Physics prize?

So imagine a world 6 degrees warmer. It's not going to recognize geographical boundaries. It's not going to recognize anything. So agriculture regions today will be wiped out. Steven Chu

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Despite our considerable dependence on computer related devices, probably very few of us can name any of the people who have contributed to the development of the computer.

Despite our considerable dependence on computer related devices, probably very few of us can name any of the people who have contributed to the development of the computer.

Charles Babbage 1837 a fully programmable mechanical computer

Alan Turing 1936 blueprint for the electronic digital computer

John Atanasoff, Clifford Berry 1937 first electronic digital but not programmable computer

George Stibitz 1937, Stibitz invented and built a relay-based calculator he dubbed the "Model K" (for "kitchen table", on which he had assembled it), which was the first to use binary circuits to perform an arithetic operation.

Konrad Zuse 1941 The first program-controlled electromechanical computer Tommy Flowers 1943 first programmable electronic computer

Extremely important for the development of the modern computer were the discovery of the transistor and the integrated circuit (chip). Can you name any of the people responsible for their discovery?

John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley for the discovery of the transistor. John Kilby and Robert Noyce independently (and shared a Nobel prize with controversy) developed the integrated circuit .

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