#### Challenge

Try our science quiz. It’s just ten questions.

#### Which came first

Decide which of the following events came first to test your knowledge of scientific progress.

#### Hint

In each question, the two events compared are always at least one decade apart – usually more.

#### Answers:

Come after the images below each question.

#### Assessment:

Check what your score means at the bottom of the page. Are you an Einstein, or… ?

## Which Came First?

**1.** The discovery of the first Neanderthal skull **or** the discovery of the Rosetta Stone?

**Answer 1**

**2.** The discovery of infrared radiation **or** the first use of rabies vaccine?

**Answer 2**

**3.** The discovery of irrational numbers **or** the first use of negative numbers?

**Answer 3**

**4.** The discovery and isolation of the hormone insulin **or** the discovery of radioactivity?

**Answer 4**

**5.** The discovery of hydrogen’s isotope deuterium** or** the invention of radiocarbon dating?

**Answer 5**

**6.** The invention of the Richter Scale for earthquake measurement **or** the discovery of the electron?

**Answer 6**

**7.** The invention of group theory in mathematics **or** the invention of dynamite?

**Answer 7**

**8.** The discovery of new forms of life at deep-sea vents **or** Moore’s Law of silicon chip processing power doubling every two years?

**Answer 8**

**9.** The invention of the mercury thermometer **or** the discovery of the planet Uranus?

**Answer 9**

**10.** The Goldbach Conjecture **or** the invention of the electric battery?

**Answer 10**

### Your Score?

**10 out of 10. ** When it comes to the history of science, you are an Einstein.

**8 or 9 out of 10. **Not quite Einstein, but enough for a Nobel Prize.

**7 out of 10. **No prizes, but definitely a professor in the making.

**5 or 6 out of 10. **A little more effort, and you’ll be up there with the best of them.

**4 or less. **Ooops. Guessing the answers at random will usually give a better result than this!