30 nov. 2016

Famous people that studied sciences and mathematics V

Continuing with people linked to science we have the following list:

Pope Francisco, the Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had a bachelor degree in chemistry. Well, he decided to follow other way din’t it?

19 oct. 2016

Powers of 10

I always thought to write this post when the visits of my blog in Spanish arise to 100,000. Today I opened it and had 101,365 visits in the Spanish versión and 18,396 in the English version, a total of more than 105 and 104 visits, each one. However the powers of 10 of this post don’t refer to the mathematical numbers but the people who have passed till here.

9 jul. 2016

Personality and learning

From the year of 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of the medicine talked about the origin of the personality. He believed that four humours were the origin of the human personality: according to him, black bile produces a melancholic person, the yellow one (adrenaline) produces irritable and nervous people, the phlegm (a fluid from the mucosa) was related with relax people and blood with optimistic beings. Despite the centuries elapsed since then, the thoughts and research of Hippocrates have repercussion in modern medicine and his theories about human personality are still used in education systems of today world. Nevertheless, there are other theories concerning about the personality and learning with other classifications.

2 may. 2016

Most famous fictional scientists I. Novels

Science and technology have had influence in the author’s minds to create wonderful characters in their novels. And sometimes the stories even precede the future. Let’s see some of them:

From Frankestein
Victor Frankestein is obsessed with life’s creation. After his studies of chemistry, electricity and dissection in the university and based on Cornelius Agrippa’s and Albert Magnu’s work, he decides to carry on an experiment. His goal: to create the life. The result: the creation of a monster.

25 feb. 2016

Mad about polyhedra III

In this virtual or real world, there are so many people and so many stories.

A certain day, the artist Dan Sternof decided to discover a wood dodecahedron inside a tree trunk in front of his house. When the winter had come, he decided to leave snow dodecahedra to improve the city landscape!

14 ene. 2016

The caged polyhedron

The ideas were coming to my mind as rolling spheres.
But the spheres became cubes as the ice cubes that are stored in the fridge, waiting.

The time ran and ran too fast. The seconds became minutes and hours in a 19-hours day that lasted an instant and a 5-hours insomnia night fighting to rest.

Writting became a necessity and an impossible task. One day after another. The months passed with other thoughts in the mind. The polyhedron was stored in a box over the vitrine full of dusty glasses. Sometimes there was a bright ray in the box and some words used to fall as water drops. But the polyhedron remained caged because the glass remained empty.

Fortunately, this is a rolling world that let me to clean the glasses and the ceramic figures shining with the sun.

I have put the polyhedron out of its box waiting the it can be outside for a while…

7 nov. 2014

Mad about polyhedra II

In the childhood we learn about some simple 3D geometric figures like de pyramids and prisms. Even most of us build our own polyhedron shapes for homework in the primary school. However with the time, most of the people forget the existence of polyhedra. But it happens that one day in certain moment due to a strange cause you will find again a polyhedron and you will not let it go.
This situation happened to the chemist engineer Henry Chasey who decided to build its own fantastic polyhedra after seeing the Kepler’s platonic model in Carl Sagan’s Cosmos tv program. Therefore, since the 1980’s, Chasey built a huge collection of melted acrylic polyhedra.