Was Einstein an Olympic-caliber Athlete?
In celebration of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve created a quick test of how well you know both science and Olympic history. Jot down your answers on a piece of paper, and click here to see how well you did.
1. Several well-known scientists have enjoyed sports that are now part of the 2016 Summer Games. Match the famous scientist to his or her sport.
|a. Marie Curie||f. shotput|
|b. Enrico Fermi||g. sailing|
|c. Albert Einstein||h. wrestling|
|d. Edwin Hubble||i. cycling|
|e. Neil deGrasse Tyson||j. tennis|
2. Stockholm is known among scientists as the host of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies, which this year takes place on 10 December. When was the last time the Scandinavian city hosted the Summer Olympics?
3. The modern Olympic Games date to 1896 in Greece. Which of these scientific discoveries and inventions had not yet occurred by 1896?
- Contact lenses
- Fahrenheit scale of temperature
- Plastic surgery performed
4. Here’s a brain-and-brawn category: The U.S. has the most Summer Olympics gold medals and Nobel Prizes combined. Which country is second on the list? (Hint: We combined results for countries that may have been divided politically in the past.)
- United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)
- People’s Republic of China
5. In sporting events, such as the Summer or Winter Games, the top three competitors are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. Which of these metals has the highest melting point?
Bonus: How many grams of gold are in an Olympic gold medal?
Note: The quiz has been created for entertainment and without any intention for any commercial activity.