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“In wine there is Wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria”*…


Alcohol has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion: “Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze.”

* Mark Twain


As we meditate on mead, we might send analgesic birthday greetings to Felix Hoffmann; he was born on this date in 1868.  A chemist, he is best remembered for re-synthesizing diamorphine (independently from C.R. Alder Wright who synthesized it 23 years earlier), which was popularized under the Bayer trade name of “heroin.”  He is also credited with synthesizing aspirin (though whether he did this at his own initiative or under the instruction of Arthur Eichengrün is highly contested).



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January 21, 2017 at 1:01 am

Take two, and I promise that you won’t feel like calling me in the morning…

From the good folks at Pill Talk, a reminder that today’s illicit drugs were yesterday’s featured pharmaceuticals…  From Black Beauties marketed as a weight loss aid to Bayer’s ad for Heroin (“the sedative for coughs”), readers can see them all here.  (And for more on Heroin’s companion in the Bayer catalog, aspirin, see the almanac portion of the post here.)

As we realize that we still have our coughs but don’t really care, we might remark that today is the birthday of not one but two extraordinary mathematicians:  Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646; variants on his date of birth due to calendar changes), the German  philosopher, scientist, mathematician, diplomat, librarian, lawyer, co-inventor, with Newton, of The Calculus, and “hero” of Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Trilogy…  and  Alan Turing (1912), British mathematician, computer science pioneer (inventor of the Turing Machine, creator of “the Turing Test” and inspiration for “The Turing Prize”) and cryptographer (leading member of the team that cracked the Enigma code during WWII).   Go figure…

Liebnitz (source: UNC)

Turing (source: Univ. of Birmingham)

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