When smoking was good for your health

Up until the middle of the 20th century, it was public opinion that smoking tobacco was not connected to any health risks. Some tobacco companies even claimed it was good for ones health, specifically a sore throat.

The Oldest Encyclopedia

In 1403 the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty decided to have a vast encyclopedia created composed of all the knowledge the Chinese had at the time. Called the Yongle Encyclopedia, the collection is comprised of over 11,000 volumes on science, medicine, technology, religion, art, geography, and astronomy.

Marconi’s pursuit for funding

The Italian Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) was one of the most important inventors in regards to radio transmissions. His work laid the foundation for modern wireless communication.

The Alchemy of Urine

Hennig Brand (circa 1630-1692) is often considered to be the first person to discover an element. Brand discovered phosphorus in Germany in 1669 as he searched for the Philosopher’s Stone, the mythological, alchemical substance said to be able to turn any metal into gold. He made his discovery by distilling urine, which produced the glowing substance that he named phosphorus. …