Monthly Archives: February 2013

John Ruskin – Victorian Social Thinker and Art Lover

John Ruskin – Victorian Social Thinker and Art Lover

John Ruskin (1819-1900) On February 8, 1819, prominent social thinker and philanthropist John Ruskin was born. He is considered the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman and watercolourist. He was hugely influential in the latter half of the 19th century up to the First World War and today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognised as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability and…
Charles Dickens – Famous Writer and Critic of the Victorian Era

Charles Dickens – Famous Writer and Critic of the Victorian Era

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) On February 7, 1812, the English writer and social critic known as one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian period, Charles Dickens was born. Either you love Dickens or you may find him untolerably boring. What I really love about Dickens is his creative genius when it comes to invent whimsical characters. If you have ever read ‘Oliver Twist‘, for sure you will remember…
Charles Wheatstone – From the Concertina to the Telegraph

Charles Wheatstone – From the Concertina to the Telegraph

Charles Wheatstone (1802 – 1875) On February 6, 1802, Charles Wheatstone, English scientist and inventor of many scientific breakthroughs of the Victorian era was born. He is well known for his research in accustics, electricity, and telegraphy. Well, if you don’t happen to be an engineer or a physicist, then you have probably never heard of Charles Wheatstone. But we will show you that he was really some remarkable fellow. Charles…
Mariner 10 and the Swing-By at Planet Venus

Mariner 10 and the Swing-By at Planet Venus

Space Probe Mariner 10 On February 5, 1974, space probe Mariner 10 passed by at planet Venus shooting 4,165 high resolution pictures and continued its journey to Mercury, using the slingshot maneuver. Mariner 10 was the last of NASA’s Mariner program and executed to measure the environment of Mercury as well as its surface and its atmosphere. The spacecraft was the second of all time to perform the gravitational slingshot…
Snow White and the Seven Cel Animated Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Cel Animated Dwarfs

Snow White by Franz Jüttner On February 4, 1938, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in the United States as the first full length feature film to use cel-animation.  Cel animation is a traditional animation technique and depicted the dominant animation method for many years until computer animation became common. Cel animation is considered very complex and time consuming, since every frame has to be drawn by…
Johannes Gutenberg – Man of the Milennium

Johannes Gutenberg – Man of the Milennium

The Gutenberg Bible © Wikipedia User NYC Wanderer On February 3, 1468, German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg – or simply Johannes Gutenberg – passed away. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. The art of printing presumably laid its foundation in Asia around the 6th century,…
James Joyce and Literary Modernism

James Joyce and Literary Modernism

James Joyce (1882-1941) On February 2, 1882, Irish novelist and poet James Joyce was born, who is considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for his Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce on February 2, 1882 just…
The Avery-McLeod-McCarthy Experiment

The Avery-McLeod-McCarthy Experiment

Griffith’s experiment discovering a “transforming principle” in heat-killed virulent smooth pneumococcus is that it enables the transformation of rough non-virulent pneumococcus On February 1, 1944, physician and medical researcher Oswald Avery together with his colleagues Colin MacLeod and Maclyn McCarty announced that DNA is the hereditary agent in a virus that would transform a virus from a harmless to a pathogenic version. This study was a key work in modern…
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