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Archives for January, 2007

The key is not to panic

The more astute among you will have noticed that I have been awol more-or-less for the past week. I have a major deadline to hit on Friday and once that is done (and I have rested) I will resume my usual posting. For the moment, check out four books that I am currently reviewing for…

Today in Science

January 31st 1632 – Death of Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician 1868 – Birth of Theodore William Richards, American chemist, Nobel laureate 1881 – birth of Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel laureate 1896 – Birth of Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician 1929 – Birth of Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate 1958 – Explorer I…

Today in Science

January 30th 1720 – Birth of Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist and entomologist 1822 – Birth of Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist 1858 – Death of Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist 1899 – Birth of Max Theiler, South African virologist, Nobel Prize Laureate 1925 – Birth of Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist 1928 –…

Today in Science

January 29th 1688 – Birth of Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish scientist and philosopher 1810 – Birth of Ernst Kummer, German mathematician 1846 – Birth of Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist 1886 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile. 1926 – Birth of Abdus Salam, Pakistani physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate 1934 – Death of Fritz Haber,…

Monday Mammal

Wolverine, Gulo gulo.

In memoriam

In memory of those that slipped the bonds of Earth on this day in 1986. I was a freshman in college. The flight started at 11:08 EST – just after four in the afternoon in Ireland – and I remember watching the launch on CNN which was the only channel that was showing the event…

Today in Science

January 28th 1540 – Birth of Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician 1608 – Birth of Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist 1611 – Birth of Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer 1622 – Birth of Adrien Auzout, French astronomer 1687 – Death of Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer 1701 – Birth of Charles Marie de La Condamine,…

In memoriam

Today in 1967, Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire during a test of the spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center.

I am: Arthur C. Clarke Well known for nonfiction science writing and for early promotion of the effort toward space travel, his fiction was often grand and visionary. Which science fiction writer are you? PZ made me do it.

Thomas Willis

As I noted earlier, today is the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Willis in 1621. Willis is remembered as the father of modern neurology with his publication in 1664 of Cerebri Anatomi. He was also co-founder of the Royal Society of London in 1662 and discoverer of the circle of Willis (pictured above). Our…