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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: February 2010

Did Chopin have CF?

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 24 Feb 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.

Measuring microfortnights and megafurlongs

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 24 Feb 2010

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.

A celebration of rhubarb

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 24 Feb 2010

Brought to book: putting the modulus 10 algorithm to practical use

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 17 Feb 2010

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?

Strange rural tradition

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 17 Feb 2010

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.

Ambroise Paré and the gentle art of surgery

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 17 Feb 2010

Recalling a stinker of a movie

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 10 Feb 2010

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.

The wrong St Valentine’s day

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 10 Feb 2010

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.

Snowdrop hope for dementia sufferers

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 10 Feb 2010

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”.

Celebrating the power of invention

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 4 Feb 2010

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.

Möbius’s infinitely interesting strip

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 4 Feb 2010

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.

Why laughter may be the best medicine

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 4 Feb 2010

Gelotology is the study of a complex and little understood aspect of human behaviours — laughter.

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