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How well do you know the history of physics?

Less than four centuries separate the end of the Renaissance and the theories of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton from the development of quantum physics at the turn of the 20th century. During this transformative time, royal academies of science, instrument-making workshops, and live science demonstrations exploded across the continent as learned and lay people alike absorbed the spectacles of newfound technologies, devices, and innovations. Energy consumption, medicine, transportation, engineering, the study of the universe, and the ways in which countries conducted war all drastically changed as the field of physics grew over the years.

From Copernicus to Einstein, how well do you know the history of physics? We’ve created this quiz to test your knowledge of physics since the height of the Scientific Revolution.

Featured Image credit: 1927 Solvay Conference, Benjamin Couprie, Institut International de Physique Solvay, Brussels, Belgium. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Quiz background image: statue at Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, San Sebastián. Zarateman. CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Recent Comments

  1. Tom 't Hooft

    The question about the atom includes Bohr and Sommerfeld as possible answers. Sommerfeld extended Bohr’s circular orbit theory to cover elliptical orbits. Arguably his theory is the most accurate following that line of argument. Not a good question.

  2. Priscilla Yu

    Hi Tom, thank you for your input. We’ve amended the question to remove the ambiguity in the answers.

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