This week marks the several important anniversaries. Tomorrow 3-11-2019 is the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, which was conceptualized by Tim Berners-Lee. Prior to his proposal, the Internet existed almost solely as a research network for government and university science and engineering professionals. Sir Tim was concerned that saved research documents were becoming “lost in hyperspace,” and his proposal introduced the concepts of the domain name, which converted numerical Internet Protocol (IP) addresses into more easily remember and used names, such as www.wyzguys.com, for instance, the Domain Name System or DNS, which is a worldwide network of database servers which keep track of web based resources, and the hyperlink.
Thursday 3-14 is recognized as Pi Day, and is also the 140th anniversary of Albert Einstein‘s birth. Einstein developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”, a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
3-14 is also the one year anniversary of the death of noted physicist Stephen Hawking. His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.Share