Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hans Geiger and the Geiger Counter

Hans Geiger and the Geiger Counter

Hans Geiger(1882 – 1945)Image: Wikimedia User GFHund On September 30, 1882, German physicist Johannes Wilhelm Geiger was born. He is best known as the co-inventor of the Geiger counter and for the Geiger–Marsden experiment which discovered the atomic nucleus. Hans Geiger started his physical and mathematical studies at the University of Erlangen, where he finished his final examinations and his doctorate on measurement of radiation. He moved to Manchester, where…
Miguel de Cervantes and his Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes and his Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) (Probably) on September 29, 1547, famous Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright Miguel de Cervantes was born. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, is considered to be the first modern European novel, a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. Moreover it has been translated into nearly every major language, making it one of the most widely distributed books…
Around the World in 175 Days…

Around the World in 175 Days…

Aircraft Chicago On September 28, 1924, the first successful circumnavigation of the earth by plane was achieved, when after the 175 days journey a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service landed again in Seattle. The U.S. were not the only ones longing for the first aerial circumnavigation. Already in the 1920s several countries started their preparations. The first attempt was accomplished by British pilots in 1922…
GNU’s not Unix

GNU’s not Unix

On September 27, 1983, American software freedom activist and computer programmer Richard Stallman announced the GNU project. Its aim is to give computer users freedom and control in their use of their computers and computing devices, by collaboratively developing and providing software. You’ve probably never heard of GNU, unless you are a computer scientist or some kind of software developer. But, GNU denotes the starting point of a development that…
Martin Heidegger and the Question of Being

Martin Heidegger and the Question of Being

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) On September 26, 1889, German philosopher Martin Heidegger was born. He is best known for his existential and phenomenological explorations of the “question of Being”. His best known book, Being and Time, is considered one of the most important philosophical works of the 20th century. There as also in his later writings, Heidegger maintained that our way of questioning defines our nature. He argued that philosophy, Western…
Balboa and the Southern Ocean

Balboa and the Southern Ocean

Balboa taking possession of the South Sea On September 25, 1513, Spanish conquistador and explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa discovered the legendary Southern Ocean, having crossed the Isthmus of Panama facing the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by Christopher Columbus, Balboa embarked on a trip to the Americas as part of Rodrigo de Bastidas’ expedition. The young explorer started settling at Hispaniola in 1505 but was bankrupt shortly after. Balboa hid in…
Gerolamo Cardano and the Mathematics of Chances

Gerolamo Cardano and the Mathematics of Chances

Gerolamo Cardano (1501 – 1576)   On September 24, 1501, Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer and gambler Gerolamo Cardano was born. He wrote more than 200 works on medicine, mathematics, physics, philosophy, religion, and music. But, he is best known for his gambling that led him to formulate elementary rules in probability, making him one of the founders of probability theory. Gerolamo Cardano started working as a physician in 1526…
Augustus and the Foundation of the Roman Empire

Augustus and the Foundation of the Roman Empire

Augustus, 1st Emperor of the Roman Empire (63BC – 14AD), marble statue known as Augustus of Prima Porta On September 23, 63 BC, Gaius Octavius aka Imperator Caesar Divi F. Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire and first Emperor was born. The Roman Empire as a follow up of the former Roman Republic existed for almost four centuries, before it was divided up into Western and Eastern Roman Empire. While the…
The Topographia of Matthäus Merian

The Topographia of Matthäus Merian

The City of Frankfurtby Matthäus Merian On September 22, 1593, Swiss-born German master engraver and publisher Matthäus Merian der Ältere was born. He is best known for his 21-volume set of the Topographia Germaniae, which includes numerous town plans and views, as well as maps of most countries and a World Map. From a previous blogpost, you may have heard about Maria Sibylla Merian, the daughter of Matthäus who became…
The Rarest in the World – The Blue Mauritius

The Rarest in the World – The Blue Mauritius

Red and Blue Mauritius on famous Bordeaux Letter On September 21, 1847, the famous Mauritius “Post Office” stamps were issued by the British Colony Mauritius. They are among the rarest postage stamps in the world and a letter with both stamps on its cover is estimated to be worth more than 4 Million US$. In 1772, the very first postal service opened up at Mauritius. In Great Britain and Ireland,…
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