Vacuum-Cleaner Dylan wins Nobel Peace Prize

So, Bob Dylan has won a Nobel Peace Prize. Dylan has become the 259th American to have won a Nobel Peace Prize. My friend brought me a ticket to see Bob Dylan about 20 years ago (some friend – thanks a lot Al). I went along, you know, to see what the big deal is … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1990

The leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, Nelson Mandela, is released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990. In 1944, Mandela, a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black political organization in South Africa, where he became a leader of Johannesburg’s youth wing of the ANC. In … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1900

German physicist Max Planck publishes his groundbreaking study of the effect of radiation on a “blackbody” substance, and the quantum theory of modern physics is born. Through physical experiments, Planck demonstrated that energy, in certain situations, can exhibit characteristics of physical matter. According to theories of classical physics, energy is solely a continuous wave-like phenomenon, … [Read the full story]