Precalculus in Ancient Babylon

Ancient Babylonians are known by historians for being brilliant astronomers and mathematicians. So archaeologists were not surprised when a recent discovery revealed that the Babylonians were using advanced mathematical techniques to predict the movements of Jupiter. The geometry based calculations were a precursor to calculus and were not thought to have been used until 14th century Europe. We are not responsible …

Kepler’s Mother, the Witch

In 1620 the famed astronomer Johannes Kepler put his research on hold, packed up his family, and moved from Austria to Germany to come to the aid of his 68-year-old mother.

The Cat Phone

For more evidence that scientific researchers are not only brilliant, but also insane, we turn to the cat-phone. In 1929 a pair of Princeton researchers, Ernest Wever and Charles Bray, hooked a live cat up to a telephone (after removing part of its skull and scooping out a good portion of its brain).

The Mother of all Demos

On Dec 9, 1968, the American engineer Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013) gave a computer demonstration. In 90 minutes, Engelbart demonstrated the use of graphics, windows, hypertext, command input, video conferencing and even the computer mouse.