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Today in Science

January 27th

1621 – Birth of Thomas Willis, English physician

1851 – Death of John James Audubon, French-American naturalist, ornithologist, and painter

1860 – Death of János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician

1880 – Thomas Edison files a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded.

1903 – Birth of John Carew Eccles, Australian neuropsychologist, Nobel Prize Laureate

1926 – John Logie Baird demonstrates the first television broadcast.

1936 – Birth of Samuel C. C. Ting, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate

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

1972 – Death of Richard Courant, German-American mathematician


  1. #1 coturnix
    January 27, 2007

    What a day in history!

  2. #2 Jonathan Vos Post
    January 28, 2007

    Any comment on the published statements of John Carew Eccles that the mind is not in the brain, but, rather, the brain is a sensitive receiver of signals sent by a nonlocal nonmaterial mind?

    Mind you, I have great respect for John Carew Eccles, among Australian neuropsychologists, as opposed to the prolific popularizer and (professors have told me) plagiarist Michael A. Arbib (who hides his Australian accent with a fake Oxbridge accent, and has been trying for decades to outsell his Australian mother’s cookbook)?

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