Inventors Week - Enrico Fermi

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Nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi was born September 29, 1901 in Rome. Fermi developed a way to produce a nuclear chain reaction which led to the development of atomic bombs.

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  1. Categorically, zero is an even number. 01:19

  2. In Florence during the Crusades, the use of the number zero was banned because it was thought to be connected to the devil. 02:28

  3. Instead of using a symbol for zero, Babylonians would insert a space. 05:01

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  1. Leonardo da Vinci was born out of wedlock to a notary and a peasant woman, and didn't receive much of a formal education as a child. 01:27

  2. Da Vinci's "Codex on the Flight of Birds" contains more than 35,000 words and 500 sketches, including those of his famous flying machine designs. 03:40

  3. Leonardo da Vinci dissected more than 30 human corpses to make his drawings and observations on anatomy. 06:19

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  1. Marie Curie coined the term radioactivity, and was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different disciplines. 00:40

  2. Marie Curie made the groundbreaking observation that radioactivity came from atoms themselves, and not from molecular interaction. 04:31

  3. During World War I, Marie Curie drove a portable x-ray machine to assist wounded soldiers. 07:55

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