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All posts from: February 2010
Frédéric Chopin, the romantic composer and virtuoso pianist, was born 200 years ago in a village near Warsaw. He usually claimed to have been born on 1 March 1810, although church records suggest a date one week earlier.
All pharmacists are familiar with the International System of Units (SI), based on the metre, the kilogram and the second —and also, if you wish to be pedantic, the ampère, the kelvin, the candela and the mole.
I am a man of merely average mathematical ability, although few outside pharmacy will better my dextrous use of the 28-times table. In a quiet moment, however, I do enjoy tackling mathematical puzzles and take some delight in exploring curious formulae. Who, I might ask myself, thought of that? Or why? And what can you do with it?
We have a wide variety of folk traditions in Britain. Some, like harvest suppers and May Day frolics, are fairly widespread. Others have been of a more local nature and one of the oddest of those must be the practice of sin-eating.
Many years ago, as a pharmacy undergraduate involved with editing my college’s student magazine, I was intrigued to receive an invitation to a press screening of a mystery film called ‘Holiday in Spain’. Since it was a free ride, I decided to go along.
Tomorrow, 14 February, is celebrated as Valentine’s Day by lovers around the world. But the annual day of romance was once linked to a different date altogether, in spring rather than winter.
The common snowdrop is a familiar and much loved late-winter flower that should by now be in bloom in sheltered gardens and damp woods. Its specific name, Galanthus nivalis, can be translated as “milk flower of the snow”.
National Inventors’ Day is held in the US on 11 February, the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Edison, perhaps the most prolific inventor ever.
You may not have heard of a Möbius strip but you probably see one every day. The universal recycling symbol (the three bent arrows forming a triangle) is a form of this one-sided, chiral surface.
Gelotology is the study of a complex and little understood aspect of human behaviours — laughter.
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