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Pete is back.

Pete met his old friend Steve at the hospital at the end of March. They both went to the same history class.

Pete: Hey!

Steve: Pete? Pete, is that you?

Pete: Yes. How are you? Haven't seen you in ages

Steve: I am fine. What about you?

The conversation went on for a while. They talked about a lot of things: how they both nailed that one history test without learning anything, how they went to France together for a summer, how they pranked their teacher, and which topic in their class they liked the most. They even both had a favourite scientist. For Steve it was Nikola Tesla.

Who is Pete's favourite scientist?


Since I'm not a native speaker it would be nice if you could help me to fix the grammar in this riddle. Please do not change the conversation.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm a native speaker, and the grammar looks fine to me. I wouldn't have known you weren't a native speaker without you saying so. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Aug 30 '18 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain some people have already fixed it :D $\endgroup$ – Ian Fako Aug 30 '18 at 16:53
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Is it

Rene Descartes

who was

born in 1596 (the number of words in each line), France, at the end of March

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  • $\begingroup$ This is correct, well done $\endgroup$ – Ian Fako Aug 31 '18 at 9:11
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If Steve likes Nikola Tesla, could Pete's favorite scientist be

Thomas Edison?

It's mentioned they both went to France together,

Thomas Edison patented many inventions in France.

Both nailed that one history test without learning... how they pranked their teacher

Edison was known to "program" a telegraph to make auto responses at his job when he was 14. [citation needed]

On a more abstract note:

There are only two periods in their conversation. I don't think this is an accident. Edison was known for using and improving the telegraph. In fact, he named his children Dot and Dash.

Also:

Edison and Tesla worked together, though Edison and Tesla did fight.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good guess, but this answer would be too obvious ;) $\endgroup$ – Ian Fako Aug 30 '18 at 16:55

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