Category Archives: History
Awesome video from Howard Hughes Medical Institute: * * * This video presents a somewhat more elaborate introduction to the early history of microscopy.
Aatish Bhatia, the popular science writer/blogger behind Empirical Zeal, has a pretty neat primer on Fourier transforms with quite a few links to animations that you can view on your browser. Over at Better Explained, Kalid also has a wonderful … Continue reading
Here’s something from the early history of thermodynamics: who should get the credit for the First Law? Just came across an interesting io9 article: Why Julius Robert von Mayer was one of the unluckiest men in science by Esther Inglis-Arkel. … Continue reading
Let’s start with a video of tin pest: From the Wikipedia entry on tin pest: At 13.2 degrees Celsius (about 56 degrees Fahrenheit) and below, pure tin transforms from the silvery, ductile metallic allotrope of β-form white tin to brittle, … Continue reading
Since we have started discussing solid liquid and liquid gas transformations (and their opposites), here’s an interesting empirical observation that is yet to be explained clearly and convincingly: Mpemba effect. From Wikipedia: The Mpemba effect, named after Tanzanian student Erasto … Continue reading