Voltaire’s coffee addiction

Do you think you love coffee? You probably don’t as much as Voltaire (1694-1778) did. The influential French philosopher and writer claimed to drink 50-72 cups each day.

Justus von Liebig: Feeding billions of people

“KABOOOM!”is what Justus von Liebig (1803 – 1873) heard when he first blew up some Silver Fulminate as a kid in Darmstadt, Germany. He was just as quickly thrown out of school and was not exactly unhappy with it. School was boring. But still, this small kid would become one of the Worlds most important scientists of all time. Although …

The invention of 0

While the concept of zero has been around during Babylonian times or perhaps even earlier, the Indian mathematician Brahmagupta (598-665) was most likely the first to write down how to calculate with a zero. He established rules such as 1+0 = 1 and 1-0 = 1; and 1×0 = 0. Interestingly, he wasn’t as sure as we are now, whether …