Monthly Archives: September 2012

The bustling Life and Publications of Mathematician Paul Erdös

The bustling Life and Publications of Mathematician Paul Erdös

  Mathematician Paul Erdös (1913-1996) © kmhkmh On September 20, 1996, Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdös passed away. He published more scientific papers than any other mathematician in history, with hundreds of collaborators. Thus, he even created a ‘small world’ of its own, the famous club of people that posess an ‘Erdös Number’. BTW, my Erdös number is 3, i.e. I have published a paper together with a co-author whose Erdös…
30 years of Smileys :-)

30 years of Smileys :-)

On September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman posted the first documented emoticons 🙂 and 🙁 on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System. The original message from which these symbols originated was posted on September 19, 1982. The message was recovered by Jeff Baird on September 10, 2002 and is quoted: 19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman 🙂 From: Scott E Fahlman  I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:  🙂 …
Happy Birthday Harvard University

Happy Birthday Harvard University

Harvard Memorial Churchat Harvard University © chensiyuan On September 8th, 1636, by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States was founded. Now you might wonder, why we feature this article at September 18th and we let you some time to think of, before we tell you the solution to this puzzle at the end…
Happy Birthday Linux!

Happy Birthday Linux!

Penguin Tux, the Linux Mascot © wikipedia On September 17, 1991, the Finnish student of computer science Linus Torvalds, uploaded Linux kernel version 0.01 to the ftp server ftp.funet.fi. This might be considered as the date of birth of the famous free operating system Linux, although Torvalds announced the new OS a few weeks earlier on usenet already. Nevertheless, Linux has become one of the most popular operating systems today, and…
Marco Polo – The Great Traveler and Merchant

Marco Polo – The Great Traveler and Merchant

Marco Polo Mosaic On September 15, 1254, the Venetian merchant traveler Marco Polo was born. He is best known for his journeys to Central Asia and China, narrated in the book ‘The Travels of Marco Polo‘. Marco Polo directly followed his father’s footsteps, who was a well known traveling merchant himself. The journey of Marco’s father Niccolò and his brother Maffeo took many years, but it was worth it,  they…
Alfred Kinsey and his Scientific Interest in Sex

Alfred Kinsey and his Scientific Interest in Sex

Alfred Charles Kinsey at an interview photo: Bill Dellenbeck, ©Kinsey Institute On September 14, 1953, Dr. Alfred Charles Kinsey published the second of his controversially discussed and provoking reports entitled ‘Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female‘. Kinsey’s work has profoundly influenced social and cultural values in the United States and many other countries. Alfred Charles Kinsey grew up in a strictly religious Christian family and even though he did not share his parent’s enthusiasm,…
The Hero of Mushroom Kingdom turns 27 – Super Mario!

The Hero of Mushroom Kingdom turns 27 – Super Mario!

Super Mario Bros. After a previous article on Pac Man we are now glad to feature the hero of Mushroom Kingdom, Super Mario! The game with the official name Super Mario Bros. was published on Friday the 13, in September 1985 … a lucky day for Nintendo and Princess Toadstool, who could finally be saved from Bowser and his evil forces. The game was designed by Nintendo’s creative department to focus…
Robot discovered the Cave Paintings of Lascaux

Robot discovered the Cave Paintings of Lascaux

A horse from Lascaux. Replica in the Brno museum Anthropos On September 12, 1940, the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, France, were discovered. It was supposed to be a treasure hunt, and even though the four children found a treasure, it was not what they expected. There used to be a rumor, that under the Vezere River linking the old Castel of Montignac to the Manor of Lascaux there was…
Émile Baudot and his Telegraph

Émile Baudot and his Telegraph

Èmile Baudot(1845-1903) On September 11, 1845, French telegraph engineer and inventor of the first means of digital communication code, Èmile Baudot was born. As the son of farmer Pierre Emile Baudot, Jean-Maurice-Èmile Baudot attended primary school and was to work at his father’s farm right after. At the Age of 24, he joined the French Post & Telegraph Administration, where he completed his apprenticeship. He learned to work with the…
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