August 19, 2005

Another Small Quiz...

Chand Man... For you!

Q1. Shildon Glashow, Gerald Weinberg and Steven Feinberg are all Nobel laureates in Physics. When they were schoolmates in the Bronx High School for Science, they regularly wrote for a science fiction magazine called ETAOINSHRDLU. What is the origin of this rather weird name?

Q2. Johannes George Bednorz and Kane Alexander Mahler of IBM won the 1987 Physics Nobel Prize for their discovery of high temperature superconductivity in oxide ceramic materials. This was, however, not what Bednorz and Müler were actually searching for. What were they actually trying to find?

Q3. "I have watched through his eyes, I have listened through his ears and tell you he is the one. Or at leaxt as close as we are going to get" are the starting lines of which classic Sci-Fi novel?

Q4. The sitter of the lot: What is special about the words: 10-22-38 ASTORIA?

Q5. Which movies title comes from a William Burroughs story about people who supply medical instruments to outlawed doctors who can't obtain them legally. The movie had nothing to do with this but the director liked the name and obtained permission to use it.

Answers:
1. The magazine name composed of the most frequently used English alphabets in descending order. Read "The Dancing Men" in which Sherlock Holmes cracks a code based on this fact.

2. The were trying to discover the perfect insulator. Instead they ended up discovering the perfect conductor.

3. Orson Scott Card's Enders Game

4. First words to be photocopied

5. Blade Runner

9 Comments:

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Jake said...

ah i know 3! i know 3! no i didnt google this one.
its the start of orson scott cards ender's game. he is talking about Ender.

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger Jake said...

man must be my day. i can answer 2. :P
5 is Blade runner.

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous lakesidey said...

I liked the first one - A quick perusal of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" should reveal the answer, though Poe postulates a slightly different order in "The Gold Bug".

The third, yeah, old favourite book man:) and though I haven't seen the movie of the fifth, I intend to.

Do mail me the second answer :( I am too lazy/busy to google;)

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger Dhar said...

Lakesidey...

The answer to the second question has been mailed to your Yahoo account.

Cheers,
D.

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous chand said...

Not a single one :(( boo hoo!

Only Q2 remaining to be answered..what is it?

 
At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Rohit J said...

First time around .. I knew 4/5 answers ... but they have all been answered.

For 2, I have heard a story about how they were looking for something exactly opposite (insulator, maybe). Can't recall it now.

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Rohit J said...

Just noticed that no one has mentioned answer to Q1 directly enough - either referring to first lesson of a crypto book or asking to count the occurence of each letter in this post.

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Amit said...

Hey Dhar, what are u reading these days .. am always looking for books recommended on ur blog .. gives me a good collection to choose and buy my books .. so do write in that direction..

and yeah, more of those trivias please..

-amit

 
At 9:07 PM, Anonymous monkeypup said...

ETAOINSHRDLU

1. This one's easy. It is a rather long acronym that stands for:

Everything That Acts Only In Nuanced Stages has reasons defying logical undertatement.

2. They were actually searching for their communal comb. As they were but poor scientists, they could not each afford a comb. Thus, they shared one. One day, in an effort to find the comb that had been misplaced, they instead found high temperature superconductivity in oxide ceramic materials.

3. This was a quote from "The Grapes of Wrath." Everyone knows that!

4. Sigh. I wish your questions were more difficult. This is the date and location of the first alien landing. The Aliens chose Astoria for the wonderful antique shops.

5. Duh. "The Ten Commandments."

Maybe next time your questions will be a little more difficult. I am positive I got them all right.
:P

 

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