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Italian physicist and mathematician Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647) invented the principle of the barometer. He is also famous for discovering the intriging Gabriel's horn, which has infinite surface area but a finite volume! This caused much argument among chattering mathematical circles. There is an explanation at the excellent Ask Dr Math site which I can't understand but then I can't even understand the question! On a more mundane note The Torr, a unit of pressure, is named after him. The Pascal is the most used unit of pressure but the Torr is still used in low-pressure engineering. Now that fact is surely trivial to most of us, but it may win you a prize in some quiz or other so don't knock it ... more on Torricelli from GAP.
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