Time travel Tuesday #timetravel a look back at the Adafruit, maker, science, technology and engineering world

Road?  Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. – Dr. Emmett Brown.
Here’s a look back at the maker world and beyond!


1897

In 1897, Ferdinand Braun published a paper on a Braun Tube, the first known version of a cathode-ray tube. He first developed it as a means of understanding time-dependence of alternating currents.  The Braun Tube evolved into the handy-dandy oscilloscope, used by makers everywhere!


1809

Happy 204th Birthday,  Charles Darwin.  It’s not widely known, but the author of On the Origin of Species sat on his theory of natural selection for over two decades, worrying about persecution, before news of an imminent and very similar publication pushed him to publish.

1791

Peter Cooper, whose name is sprawled across New York City, shares a birthday and a funny beard with Charles Darwin. He built a fortune in ventures and inventions as broad as glue, telegraphs, railways and steel.  His biggest legacy, though (which was radical in its day) was that the working class should be educated, free of charge.  The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art formed by Cooper in 1859, is still running tuition-free (though it started charging tuition to grad students for the first time last year) for all undergraduates who attend the fields of engineering, architecture and art.  It’s the only institution of its kind in the United States. We wish there were more Peter Coopers around today. 


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