Inventors Week - Enrico Fermi

Inventors Week - Enrico Fermi

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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Key Facts In This Video

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    Categorically, zero is an even number. (1:19)

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

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    Instead of using a symbol for zero, Babylonians would insert a space. (5:01)

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    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. (1:27)

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    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. (3:40)

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    Leonardo da Vinci dissected more than 30 human corpses to make his drawings and observations on anatomy. (6:19)

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    Marie Curie coined the term radioactivity, and was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different disciplines. (0:40)

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    Marie Curie made the groundbreaking observation that radioactivity came from atoms themselves, and not from molecular interaction. (4:31)

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    During World War I, Marie Curie drove a portable x-ray machine to assist wounded soldiers. (7:55)

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