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First Nobel Prizes Awarded

The Nobel Prizes, named after Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, are awarded to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to fields including physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. Nobel is said to have been inspired to create the prizes after reading his own prematurely published obituary, which condemned his invention of dynamite. Why did Nobel choose not to create a prize for advances in the field of mathematics?



Jerusalem Syndrome

Manifesting in Jews and Christians alike, Jerusalem syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which individuals experience religiously themed delusions while visiting Jerusalem. Seen as early as the Middle Ages, the syndrome is often marked by a desire to tour the city alone, an obsession with being clean, and the need to don a toga-like white gown. It sometimes culminates in the public delivery of a sermon. In 1969, a tourist claiming to be "the Lord's emissary" set fire to what religious site?

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Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, has been called the world's first computer programmer for her description of Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Biographers debate the extent of her contributions, but she remains a celebrated figure in the field, and her image can be seen today on hologram stickers intended to verify what?

Last updated on Wednesday, 10th December 2008

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