I know I said I was growing weary of the calendar– and I am– but I feel badly that I’ve not mentioned a few items the past day or two.
William Konrad Röntgen was born March 27, 1845. He discovered X-rays in 1895 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. Here’s a tidbit, if you check that infallible source you will see that his middle name begins with a “C” not a “K.” It’s “K” even in the second edition of Anniversaries and Holidays (1944). So sometime– at least 22 years after his death– he changed the spelling of his name! Ideas?
Pierre Simon, Marquis de Laplace was born on March 28, 1749. Laplace was a famous French astronomer and mathematician. You may recall the Laplace Transformation– converting functions in time into functions of complex frequency. Look. It’s Sunday morning. Mr. Big Food is at the airport in Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, U.S.A.* right now and I’m just not feeling the math. But I do have a
crappy old book about it: An Introduction to the Laplace Transformation with Engineering Applications.
John Tyler, 10th President of the United States of America was born on March 29, 1790. He was Harrison’s Vice President. Harrison died in office about a month after his March 4, 1841 inauguration. You really should go skim through the article on Harrison. Politics as usual.
That should catch us up and I feel better already!
Plus. There’s basketball later today!
*I do know where Pittsburgh is. If this confused you, may I recommend