Monthly Archives: July 2012

J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon

J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon

J. K. Rowling reading Harry Potter at the White House in 2010@Daniel Ogren, CC-BY-2.0 It is the best selling book series ever in history. A fantastic story stretching over seven books of a boy, growing up in between the two worlds of ordinary people – the muggles – and the wizards and witches. It’s about the old story of fighting of good against evil. And as the books sold over…
Ernst Haeckel and the Phyletic Museum

Ernst Haeckel and the Phyletic Museum

Ernst Haeckel(1834 – 1919) On July 30, 1908, the ‘Phyletic Museum‘ was gifted to the University of Jena due to its 350th anniversary by Ernst Haeckel. The famous zoologist was best known for his approaches in evolution theory. The ‘Phyletic Museum’ is a unique institution, illustrating not only natural sciences, but also the entire development of life focusing on phylogeny and the theory of evolution. Also the junction of art…
One Ring to Rule Them All – J.R.R.Tolkien’s Lord of the RIngs

One Ring to Rule Them All – J.R.R.Tolkien’s Lord of the RIngs

On July 29, 1954, the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy story ‘The Lord of the Rings‘ was published. Ever since it has cast a spell over generations of readers. The Lord of the Rings has become one of the most popular books of the last century. But, who was this Oxford professor for Anglo-Saxon and why in the world did he come up with this terrific and rather unusual piece…
Rocking the Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach

Rocking the Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (1746) On this day in 1750 one of the most important and productive composers of the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach died. Bach’s abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first…
There is no blue without yellow and without orange – Vincent van Gogh

There is no blue without yellow and without orange – Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh: Self Portrait with Straw Hat(1887/88) On this day in 1890 the famous Dutch post-impressionist painter and modernist forerunner Vincent van Gogh shot himself and passed away two days later. Vincent van Gogh decided to become a painter, when he was 27 years old after several unsuccessful attempts to start a career as a merchant and priest. Besides the few drawing lessons in art-class during his time at the…
The Undiscovered Self – C. G. Jung and the Psychology

The Undiscovered Self – C. G. Jung and the Psychology

Carl Jung (lower right) and Sigmund Freud (lower left) in 1908, at Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA. What is the driving force behind our motivations and ambitions? Is it pure reasoning? Hardly, as famous psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung would argue. Moreover its the unconscious buried deep below the surface of our daily self that is responsible. Carl Gustav Jung took into account the unconscious for his new school of analytical…
You Cannot Not Communicate – Paul Watzlawick

You Cannot Not Communicate – Paul Watzlawick

Paul Watzlawick (1921 – 2007) On July 25, 1921, the psychotherapist, psychoanalytic, sociologist, philosopher, and author Paul Watzlawick was born. He was best known for his approaches in the field of schizophrenia and his five axiomes in the theory of communication. After graduating from highschool in 1939, Watzlawick studied philology and philosophy in Venice. In the 1950’s he attended the C.-G.-Jung Institute in Zurich for an apprenticeship in the field…
The Lost Inca City of Machu Picchu

The Lost Inca City of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu While he was looking for a city called Vilcamba, Hiram Bingham discovered one of the most mysterious towns of all times today 101 years ago. The lost city of Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century by the Inca near Cusco and was declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. The city of Machu Picchu was built 7,000 feet above sea level in between the…
It’s a computer! – The fabulous Commodore Amiga

It’s a computer! – The fabulous Commodore Amiga

In 1985 Commodore revolutionized the home computer market by introducing the high end Commodore Amiga with a graphic power that was unheard of by that time in this market segment. Based on the Motorola 68000 microprocessor series the Amiga was most successful as a home computer, with a wide range of games and creative software, although early Commodore advertisements attempted to cast the computer as an all-purpose business machine. In addition, it…
Shoemaker-Levy 9 hits Jupiter

Shoemaker-Levy 9 hits Jupiter

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 approaching Jupiter On July 22, 1994, the last parts of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the largest planet within our solar system, Jupiter. This was the first time, that an extraterrestrial collision of two objects could be directly observed. Shoemaker-Levy 9 got its name from the US-American scientists Eugene Shoemaker, his wive Carolyn, and David Levy, it was the 9th periodic comet to be discovered. The…
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