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The year is 2202. Scientists have discovered a method of using DNA to bring people back to life. All that is needed is a drop of blood or a fragment of bone or skin. The Nobel Prize committee have decided that they will pay for three of the following scientists back to life. You have to discuss which of the following scientists are most worthy of this honour. Below is a brief description of their achievements and a link to further information about them in order to help you reach a decision.


Isaac Newton

The founder of modern physical science, famous for discovering the laws of gravity, he wrote one of the most influential scientific books of all time Principia Mathematica.


Marie Curie-Skłodowska

Nobel Prize winner in 1904 her discovery of radium led to the development of radiation therapy, a major tool in the curing of cancer


Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

Faraday was the first to use an electric motor, the first to use a dynamo and a battery. He brought electricity to mankind.


Crick & Watson

On 28 February 1953 biologists James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA - the chemical code for all life. The breakthrough revealed how genetic information is passed from one generation to the next and revolutionised biology and medicine.


George Stephenson

Father of the railways his, steam train made its first journey in 1825. Without his invention there wouldn’t have an Industrial Revolution.


Charles Darwin

Darwin’s volume The Origin of Species’ opened our eyes to where we came from, how life on earth developed and what made one species more likely to succeed than another.



Alexander Fleming

Credited with saving millions of lives he discovered the bacteria that would become penicillin and in doing so helped develop the world’s first antibiotic.


Charles Babbage (1791- 1871)

The father of computers, his Analytical Machine was the forerunner to today’s PC.



Useful Phrases For Your Discussion


Giving an Opinion

I’m convinced ….

I’m sure….

I have no doubt …

I think ….

As I see it….

In my opinion ….

It seems to me ….

I tend to think ….

I feel….


Expressing Reservations

You have a point but ….

I agree to some extent but ….

I suppose you’re right but….

Maybe that’s true but ….



I totally agree

I agree entirely with you

I couldn’t agree more

Absolutely / Precisely


I think you’re right

That’s true

Mmm, maybe you’re right


I tend to agree

I suppose so



I don’t agree with you at all

I totally disagree

You’re quite wrong about that

It’s out of the question

I don’t really think so

I can’t see that I’m afraid

I’m afraid I can’t agree

I tend to disagree

Do you really think so?




Checking Understanding

To put it another way ….

If I follow you correctly ….

So what you’re saying is ….

Does that mean ….?

Are you saying ….?

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