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today’s birthday: Albert Einstein (1879)


Albert Einstein (1879)

Einstein was an intellectual giant of the 20th century whose name has become synonymous with genius. Recognized as one of the greatest physicists of all time, Einstein made countless important contributions to physics, including his theories of relativity, which profoundly revolutionized scientific and philosophical inquiry. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize for his work on theoretical physics. Though he sought it for decades, Einstein never discovered a unified field theory, which is what? More… Discuss

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Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim, great compositions/performances


© Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim (whole concert)

Beethoven piano sonata no. 18, op. 31, in E flat major, Piano: Wilhelm Kempff , great compositions/performances


Beethoven piano sonata no. 18 op. 31 in E flat major

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Live in The Greene Space , great compositions/performances


Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Live in The Greene Space

Beethoven – Turkish March (arr. for 8 pianos; Larrocha, Bolet, etc.) , great compositions/performances


Beethoven – Turkish March (arr. for 8 pianos; Larrocha, Bolet, etc.)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 Op.19 in B flat major


Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 Op.19 in B flat major

quotation: John Milton about conscience


He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss

today’s birthday: Edward Teller (1908)


Edward Teller (1908)

Teller was a Hungarian-born physicist who worked on the first atom bomb and the first hydrogen bomb. After studying with Werner Heisenberg in Germany, Teller came to the US in 1935 to escape the Nazis. Six years later, he began working on the physics of the hydrogen bomb. He took the lead on that project and was instrumental in making possible the first successful US explosion of the device in November 1952. Soon after, he alienated much of the scientific community by speaking out about what? More… Discuss

A must read FINALLY here: The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (Full Audiobook)


today’s birthday: James Prescott Joule (1818)


James Prescott Joule (1818)

One of the great experimental scientists of the 19th century, Joule is the man for whom the standard mechanical unit of work is named. He was an English physicist who made valuable contributions to the study of heat, electricity, and thermodynamics. His work established the mechanical theory of heat, determined the relationship between heat energy and mechanical energy, and established the first law of thermodynamics. He also applied his intellect to helping operate what family business? More… Discuss

quotation: H.G. Wells (“…The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat…”)


Quotation of the Day

Dragging out life to the last possible second isn’t living to the best effect. The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat. The best of life…lies nearest to the edge of death.H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

Periodic Graphics: Scents Of The Season



the scents of the season

Periodic Graphics: Scents Of The Season


Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the molecular basis of holiday smells

the scents of the season

the scents of the season


 

Mozart / Divertimento in F major, K. 138, : Great compositions/performances


Mozart / Divertimento in F major, K. 138

Einstein’s Personal Life, Now Online


Einstein’s Personal Life, Now Online

If you’ve ever wondered about the man behind the principle of relat ivity, now you can know him better: the Einstein Papers Project has made accessible online 5,000 searchable documents from the first 44 years of Albert Einstein‘s life. Before, these letters, diaries, and scientific papers were mainly used by scholars, but now anyone can read—in Einstein’s own words—about his transformation from mediocre student to world famous scientific genius. As the papers highlight Einstein’s wit, work ethic, and large network of friends, the publishers hope they will dispel the notion of him as an isolated “mad” scientist. More… Discuss

quotation: You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw


You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895)


Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895)

In 1895, Röntgen, a German physicist, discovered rays that did not exhibit properties such as reflection or refraction. Because of their mysterious nature, he called them X-rays. His discovery, which gave medicine a critical view inside the body and allowed bones to be photographed, remains a valuable diagnostic tool. Röntgen’s breakthrough earned him the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901. One of the first X-ray photographs he took was of his wife’s hand. What did she say when she saw it? More… Discuss

quotation: Henry David Thoreau (above morality by points)


Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

quotation: A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson


A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

THE ARROW OF TIME


The Arrow of Time

Time is not perfectly symmetrical—if it were, a video of real events would seem realistic whether played forward or backward. British astronomer Arthur Eddington explored time’s perpetually forward motion with his “arrow of time” concept, developed around 1927. The arrow of time explains why humans have the sense that time is continuously moving from the known past to the unknown future. Though the future always seems to be something that one is moving toward, what is it really? More… Discuss

 

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Quotation: Friedrich Nietzsche about man and tree…a comparison


It is the same with man as with the tree … The more he seeketh to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthward, downward, into the dark and deep—into the evil.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

Quotation: Jerome K. Jerome about writers and readers and what the Providence has to do with it


You and I, dear reader, are each the center of the universe in our respective opinions. You, as I understand it, were brought into being by a considerate Providence in order that you might read and pay me for what I write; while I, in your opinion, am an article sent into the world to write something for you to read.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

 

Just a thought: “Be as if you were Humanity’s only hope!”


Just a thought:  “Be as if you were Humanity’s only hope!”

 

Today’s Birthday: EMMY NOETHER (1882) a mathematical genius


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A continuous deformation (homeomorphism) of a coffee cup into a doughnut (torus) and back. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emmy Noether (1882)

After Noether died, Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to The New York Times that she was “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.” Her contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics were groundbreaking, evidenced by the inclusion of her name in several concepts, including “Noether’s Theorem,” “Noetherian module,” “Noetherian ring,” and “Noetherian induction.” Where were her ashes buried? More… Discuss

Quotations of the Day: Albert Einstein and Lev Tolstoi on HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD


Albert Einstein“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Albert Einstein

 
Leo Tolstoy“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy