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Happy Birthday, Ralph Fowler

January 17, 2022

During his career, Ralph Fowler supervised 64 doctoral students at Cambridge University, 3 of whom would become Nobel laureates.

Happy Birthday, Joseph Petzval

January 6, 2022

In 1840, this Hungarian physicist introduced a lens design that could gather more than 20 times as much light as lenses used in earlier cameras.

5 Fun Facts to Celebrate Fibonacci Day

November 23, 2021

Fun fact: The Fibonacci sequence can be found in flowers, pine cones, tree branches, and shells.

Möbius Strips: Where Math Meets Art

November 16, 2021

The Möbius strip was simultaneously and independently discovered by two German mathematicians in the 1850s. Today, this one-sided object is found in tools, art, nature, and more.

Happy Birthday, Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant

August 23, 2021

The shallow water equations, a derivation of the Navier–Stokes equations, and Saint-Venant’s principle can all be credited to French physicist Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant.

Happy Birthday, Egon Orowan

August 2, 2021

Egon Orowan found that the theory of dislocations could be used to explain the plastic deformation of ductile materials. He also studied geological fracture, munitions production, and more.

Happy Birthday, John Sealy Townsend

June 7, 2021

From fluorescent light bulbs and Geiger counters to plasma televisions and semiconductor manufacturing, Townsend discharge has many important applications. Who discovered this phenomenon?

Happy Birthday, Joseph Fourier

March 21, 2021

From heat conduction and the Fourier series to the greenhouse effect and Fourier transform, Joseph Fourier’s research has many implications in the modern world.

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