Monthly Archives: July 2012

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time – Bertrand Russell, Logician and Pacifist

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time – Bertrand Russell, Logician and Pacifist

Bertrand Russel from the Graphic Novell ‘Logicomix – The Epic Search of Truth’ On July 11, 1906, mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell was suspended from Trinity College, Cambridge due to his engagement in pacifist activities. The remarkable Bertrand Russell, a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic was best known for the famous ‘Principia Mathematica‘, which he published along with Alfred North Whitehead between 1910 and 1913. Bertrand Russel was born…
Smile! Harvey Ball and his famous icon

Smile! Harvey Ball and his famous icon

This is a smiley ūüôā The inventor of the smiley, Harvey Ball, was born July 10, 1921 . In December 1963, commercial artist Harvey Ball was assigned to create a smiling face for an insurance company in order to improve their employee morale. In between about 10 minutes, he drew two dots and a smile into a yellow circle and the smiley was born. More than fifty million buttons were…
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before – Voyager 2

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before – Voyager 2

Jupiter with the great red spot shot from Voyager 1¬© NASA/CalTech/JPL On July 9, 1979 the interplanetary spacecraft Voyager 2 passed Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. The space probe had been launched by NASA on August 20, 1977 to study the outer Solar System and eventually to push forward into interstellar space. Until today,  operating for more than 30 years the spacecraft still receives routine commands and…
Gothic – The Life and Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Gothic – The Life and Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) On July 8 1822 the great English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was drowned near the Italian coast. He was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language. Shelley was famous for his association with John Keats and Lord Byron. And actually he was married with novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of the…
Elementary, my Dear Watson! – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous Sherlock Holmes

Elementary, my Dear Watson! – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous Sherlock Holmes

Photograph of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes ¬© New York Public Library Digital Collection. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who died 82 years ago today in 1930, was one of the most prolific, versatile and successful authors of the late 19th and early 20th century. Besides his best known character, the ‘consulting detective’ of the London police, Sherlock Holmes and his dear friend and advisor Dr. John Watson, he also wrote science…
The misjudged Math Teacher – Georg Simon Ohm

The misjudged Math Teacher – Georg Simon Ohm

Georg Simon Ohm(1789 ‚Äď 1854) On this day in 1854, the Bavarian physicist and mathematician Georg Simon Ohm passed away, he was best known for his research on electricity and it was him to initiate the subject of circuit theory. The SI unit of electrical resistance and Ohm’s law are named after this Bavarian ‘teacher’. Ohm’s intention was to develop a formula dealing with the effects of flowing electricity and…
Sir Isaac Newton and the famous Principia

Sir Isaac Newton and the famous Principia

Sir Isaac Newton(1642 – 1727) On July 5, 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (in Latin). It is to be considered as the most influential work of Sir Isaac Newton and as one of the greatest scientific works of all time. The original impulse to work on the Principia gave Edmund Halley, the English scientist known for his calculations on the orbits of comets and for being the…
The Supernova of 1054

The Supernova of 1054

  On July 4, 1054, Chinese astronomers observed a new star¬†in the constellation of Taurus, which later turned out to be a supernova. China was able to contribute to the developments in the science of astronomy critically. In their philosophy, the harmony between earth, the sky and humankind were essential, and therefore any disturbance to that balance had to be predicted. This believe caused the astronomers of the historical China…
Charles Dow and his Stock Index

Charles Dow and his Stock Index

On July 3 1884 Charles Henry Dow together with his colleague Edward Jones¬†composed and published an stock average – called the Dow Jones Railroad Average -, which contained nine railroads and two industrial companies. He developed the stock index as part of his market research and it was meant to serve as a reference value to determine fluctuations of the stock market. It first appeared in the Customer’s Afternoon Letter,…
“I shall be heard!” – The Case of the La Amistad

“I shall be heard!” – The Case of the La Amistad

Frontispiece from John Warner Barber (1840). A History of the Amistad Captives. On July 2, 1839, Sengbe Pieh (later known as Joseph Cinqu√©) led 53 fellow Africans being transported as captives aboard the Spanish schooner ‘La Amistad’ from Havana in a revolt against their captors. The captives had been taken in Africa by a Portuguese slaving ship and then smuggled into Havana under cover of nightfall, because this was a…
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