Today in Science (0302)

No real time to post anything substantial – still grading and we have job candidates in this coming week. Still, here’s something to keep you amused.


1808 – The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society was held in Edinburgh.

1972 – The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched

1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.


1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist

1862 – Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist


1729 – Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist

1830 – Samuel Thomas von Sömmering, German physician

1840 – Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers, German astronomer