Month: February 2016

Mendeleyev

So, yesterday was Mendeleyev’s birthday, and how can we honor him better than by making a post about him? (Answer: making a post about him on his birthday)

Who is Mendeleyev? As you may know because of the Doodle Google made yesterday, he was the inventor of the Periodic Table, but his story is deeper than that.

His mother died after riding a horse for days to take him to the University of Moscow, which rejected him because of his Siberian origin, and to St. Petersburg’s, where he was accepted.

He became obsessed, almost religiously, with finding some order in the elements. Day and night, he looked at the properties the elements had, and thought of ways to order them.

It wasn’t until 1868 when, during a cold Russian night, the Periodic table appeared on his dreams. As he woke up, he took note of it, and realized how much sense it made.

By ordering them according to their atomic weight on rows made of eight elements, and leaving some gaps here and there for elements yet to discover, he found that each column had certain common characteristics.

Then, a French scientist comes in, claiming having discovered a new element that fits on one of the gaps of the table, but that doesn’t follow the behavior predicted by Mendeleyev. And what does our Russian friend do? Publish a paper explaining why the French guy is wrong and he isn’t. And he was right.

But his only discover was not the Periodic Table, oh, no. He promoted fertilizers, improved many scientific tools, made Russia a Metric country, and invented pyrocollodion.

And he’s dead.

 

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How to -Anything

I really hate self-help books, how-to guides, tips to do stuff, video tutorials, and all that jazz.

Why? Because we’re capable of more than we think. Seriously, next time you want to do something, just start doing it. Then, check what you have done wrong, and think about what you can do to improve it.

Are you totally lost? Do you desperately need some help? Ask a friend. Don’t you have friends? Okay, then do the following:

Get into the internet.

Google whatever you want to do

And open the first result.

Now, that’s important. Open one, and only one tab. Don’t spend countless hours looking on the different ways of shooting a ball, or whether it’s best to juggle clock-wise or counter clock-wise.

Open one tab, and only one tab, and read it throughly once, without stopping to check facebook.

Once you’ve read it, do it!