Monthly Archives: April 2013

Carl Friedrich Gauss – The Prince of Mathematicians

Carl Friedrich Gauss – The Prince of Mathematicians

Carl Friedrich Gauß (1777 – 1855) On April 30, 1777, German mathematician and physical scientist Carl Friedrich Gauß was born. He who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, electrostatics, astronomy and optics. He is often referred to as Princeps mathematicorum (Latin,…
Karl Drais and the Mechanical Horse

Karl Drais and the Mechanical Horse

Karl Drais’ Laufmaschine On April 29, 1785, German inventor Karl Drais was born, who invented the Laufmaschine (“running machine”), also later called the velocipede or draisine, also nicknamed the dandy horse. Karl Drais became a teacher in a small town near Heidelberg, Germany in 1805 and only six years later,…
Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki

Thor Heyerdahl(1914 – 2002) On April 28, 1947, Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the self-built raft Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia. With Kon-Tiki, Heyerdahl sailed 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft…
Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) On April 26, 1564, English poet and playwright William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. Shakespeare’s works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems,…
Kolmogorov and the Foundations of Probability Theory

Kolmogorov and the Foundations of Probability Theory

Andrey Kolmogorov (1903 – 1987) image by Konrad Jacobs On April 25, 1903, Soviet mathematician Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov was born. He was one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, who advanced various scientific fields, among them probability theory, topology, intuitionistic logic, turbulence, classical mechanics, algorithmic information theory and…
The Salvage of the Vasa

The Salvage of the Vasa

The Vasa by Javier Kohen On the morning of 24 April, 1961, the Swedish warship Vasa was salvaged with a largely intact hull after it had sunk after sailing less than a nautical mile (ca 2 km) into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628 at Stockholm harbour. While Sweden…
yovisto is part of the ‘D-Werft’ project

yovisto is part of the ‘D-Werft’ project

15 partners consisting of enterprises, universities, and institutions are cooperating in the ‘D-Werft’ project. In the project, all processes being part of the media value chain like scripting, pre-production, production, and post-production as well as the distribution, archiving, and commercialization are to be connected via semantic technologies. As a result,…
How Mosaic has Changed the World

How Mosaic has Changed the World

NCSA Mosaic Web Browser for Windows On April 22, 1993, version 1.0 of NCSA Mosaic, or simply Mosaic, was released, the web browser credited with popularizing the World Wide Web. It was the first Web browser as we know today with a graphical user interface enabling an interactive easy to…
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