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Isaac Newton

“Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid in Night: GOD said, Let Newton be! and all was Light.” (Alexander Pope, 1797) Isaac Newton (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727, Gregorian calendar) is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential scientists in history. His immense contribution to science had made him the “gold standard” […]

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Venice and famous Venetians

On this day in 1866, after Austria lost control of Venice, the city was ceded to the newly created United Kingdom of Italy. Venice is known not only for its splendid beauty, but also for being home to some of the most renowned people in history. According to UNESCO, “[t]he whole city is an extraordinary […]

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The ingenious hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha

Did you know that you can find the very first Spanish edition of Don Quixote on Europeana? This book is precious not only for its considerable age, but also because it still holds the printing errors and mistakes that were corrected in later editions. “It was carelessly done – typographic, punctuation and foliation errors abound. […]

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Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas

On 12 October 1492, the famous explorer Christopher Columbus reached the archipelago of the Bahamas. In his letter to the treasurer of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus wrote: “Thirty-three days after my departure from Cadiz I reached the Indian sea, where I discovered many islands, thickly peopled, of which I took possession […]

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French philosopher and writer Denis Diderot

A prominent figure of the Enlightenment, philosopher and writer Denis Diderot was born in Langres, France, on 5 October 1713. After receiving his degree in philosophy and briefly studying law, he decided to become a writer. Because of his refusal to enter one of the learnt professions, Diderot was disowned by his father. In 1745, […]

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Darwin’s theory of natural selection

On September 15, 1835, the ship HMS Beagle with the young naturalist Charles Darwin on board reached the Galapagos Islands. For over five weeks Darwin made observations on the geology and biology of the four islands, leading to major scientific discoveries, including the explanation of how volcanic tuff is formed. Darwin’s observations of birds that […]

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