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Science | Innovation | Famous Inventors

Famous inventors are few and far between. Most people know about famous inventions but there are only a handful of well-know famous inventors. In this section we'll examine famous inventors and their amazing ideas.


Benjamin Franklin's Inventions Quiz

 Benjamin Franklin's Inventions Quiz

Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father and a famed inventor. Test your knowledge of his inventions with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Benjamin Franklin Quiz

 The Benjamin Franklin Quiz

Benjamin Franklin is often called 'the first American' for his contributions to early U.S. life. Can you ace this HowStuffWorks quiz on Ben? See more »

The Amateur Inventors Quiz

 The Amateur Inventors Quiz

How much do you know about amateur inventors and the things they created? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Who Said It: Elon Musk or a Fictional Mad Scientist?

 Who Said It: Elon Musk or a Fictional Mad Scientist?

Elon Musk is a pretty eccentric guy, but there's a limit to his madness, right? Let us know if the limit exists by taking our quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Who Invented It? The Famous Inventors Quiz

 Who Invented It? The Famous Inventors Quiz

Think you can pass our famous inventors quiz? Test your knowledge to see if you know the minds behind the innovations. See more »

Fraudulent Findings and Laboratory Lies: The Science Scandals Quiz

 Fraudulent Findings and Laboratory Lies: The Science Scandals Quiz

Take our quiz to see how much you know about the biggest lies, scams and scandals in the field of science. See more »

War of Currents, War of Words -- Who Said It: Tesla or Edison

 War of Currents, War of Words -- Who Said It: Tesla or Edison

Though Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla worked together for a time, they were also bitter rivals. See if you can match the quotes to the right inventor. See more »

How Nikola Tesla Worked

 How Nikola Tesla Worked

Nikola Tesla was an eccentric genius, well-known by contemporaries for his famous battles with Thomas Edison. What was Nikola Tesla really like? See more »

10 Reasons Why Tesla Is a Scientific God

 10 Reasons Why Tesla Is a Scientific God

Nikola Tesla had patents galore, but his role in history books could be more. Learn why Tesla is a scientific god. See more »

Was Isaac Newton the Chuck Norris of science?

 Was Isaac Newton the Chuck Norris of science?

How much do you know about Isaac Newton and his most famous inventions? Test your knowledge of Isaac Newton with this quiz. See more »