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Charles Babbage – The Father of the Computer who hated Street Music

Charles Babbage – The Father of the Computer who hated Street Music

Drawing of Charles Babbage‘s famous Difference Engine On October 18, 1871, Charles Babbage, mathematician, inventor and early computer scientist passed away. We think, everybody should know about Charles Babbage and his seminal work on the first mechanical universal computer, the Analytical Engine. Although the Analytical Engine never was build during his lifetime, due to the lack of according fine mechanics in the 19th century, Babbage sketched out everything necessary to…
Much More Powerful Than Expected – Kepler’s Supernova

Much More Powerful Than Expected – Kepler’s Supernova

X-ray, Optical and Infrared Composite of Kepler’s Supernova Remnant On October 17, 1604, the famous German astronomer Johannes Kepler started his observations of the 1604 supernova, named after him as Kepler’s Supernova or Kepler’s Star. Special about this ‘new’ star was it being the very last observed supernova in our own galaxy, the milkyway. The supernova was first observed on October 9, 1604, a few days before Kepler really looked…
God is Dead – The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

God is Dead – The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche(1844 – 1900) On October 15th, 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche was born. The German philosopher, cultural critic, and classical philologist lived and worked socially isolated for the most time and faced mainly criticism until his mental breakdown in 1889. He is best known for his concept of the ‘Übermensch’ as well as the ‘death of God’ and now counts as one of the most discussed and appreciated philosophers of…
Winnie Pooh – The Cute Bear With Severe Mental Disorders

Winnie Pooh – The Cute Bear With Severe Mental Disorders

Winnie the Pooh© Walt Disney On October 14, 1926, the children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh was first published by the autor A. A. Milne. The book was followed by several stories of the cute yellow bear and his friends and quickly became famous. Disney adopted Winnie Pooh in 1961 and the show is still running on television today, making thousands of children as happy as 86 years ago. The English author A.…
Windscale – A Nuclear Desaster

Windscale – A Nuclear Desaster

Sellafield © Rob Bishop On October 10, 1957, the world’s first major nuclear accident took place. The Windscale fire happened in Cumbria, U.K. and was Great Britain’s worst nuclear accident in history. After World War II, the British refused to just look at how the United States and the Soviet Union raced each other in who can work with nuclear power at first and most important, who is able to…
And now for something completely different – Monty Python’s Flying Circus

And now for something completely different – Monty Python’s Flying Circus

On October 5, 1969, BBC One premiered the very first Monty Python’s Flying Circus. We as scientists, should not underestimate the influence of popular culture, esp. of Monty Python’s kind of humor, on scientific research 😉 The six members of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ met during their time at university and all of them were working as comedy writers, cast members or in Terry Gilliam’s case as an animator, before…
George A. Romero and his ‘Night of the Living Dead’

George A. Romero and his ‘Night of the Living Dead’

Night of the Living Dead Poster On October 1st, 1968 George A Romero’s classic zombie movie ‘The Night of the Living Dead’ premiered, which soon became a cult film created a new genre of horror. The movie starts out with the siblings Barbra and Johnny who get attacked by the living dead while visiting a graveyard. Johnny gets instantly killed but his sister is rescued by a man named Ben.…
A Life of Discoveries –  the great Michael Faraday

A Life of Discoveries – the great Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday (1791 – 1867) in his laboratory Painting by Harriet Moore On September 22, 1791, the famous chemist and physicist Michael Faraday was born. He is responsible for the discovery of the electromagnetic induction, the laws of electrolysis and best known for his inventions, which laid the foundations to the electrical industry. But, to understand the person and the scientist Michael Faraday, we have to look a little bit…
Hoist the Sails! The Mayflower and its Journey to the new World…

Hoist the Sails! The Mayflower and its Journey to the new World…

Mayflower Stamp from 1920 On September 16, 1620, the famous transport ship Mayflower started its first voyage to the new world with English and Dutch separatists on board and arriving Plymouth, Massachusetts in the same year. On board of the 170t Dutch cargo ship were a total of 102 passengers and an additional number of 30 crew members. They all were curious and hopeful to start a new life at…
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…
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