April 15, 2013 |
Leonhard Euler, a Swiss mathematician who continued to work on complex equations from memory even after he went blind, is honored in Monday's Google Doodle on the 306th anniversary of his birth. Euler, who wrote nearly 900 books over the course of his career on topics such as lunar motion, optics, acoustics, algebra, calculus, geometry and number theory, is one of the most prolific and important mathematicians of the 18th century, and possibly of all time. He was so prolific that a St. Petersburg, Russia, academy continued to publish his unpublished works for at least 30 years after his death in 1783.
October 20, 2004 |
Shane Henry steered his truck along a dusty road, emerging from a steep, cool pine forest and dead-ending on the edge of a precipice. The uncharted spot provided a breathtaking, 30-mile-wide panoramic view of the Virgin River Gorge, stretching northeast into Utah. For Henry, a field cartographer for the Automobile Club of Southern California, it was a great day of discovery. After finding the overlook, he spotted ruins of a forgotten century-old cattle ranch near a pair of freshwater springs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1991 |
Cabdriver Yahya Said could have used a map to help navigate through his confusion Saturday outside Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The 28-year-old taxi driver was thumbing through the latest edition of the Thomas Guide, considered the bible of street directories in a town that worships automobile travel. And a strange feeling was coming over him. The Biltmore Hotel wasn't where it should have been. Neither was Los Angeles International Airport or West Hollywood or anything else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1988
A new, more accurate view of the world has been adopted by the National Geographic Society. After more than half a century of using the Van der Grinten projection for world maps, the society is changing to the projection of cartographer Arthur H. Robinson. The new map overcomes some of the problems of transforming the Earth's round surface to a flat one, and countries more closely match their relative size.
October 14, 2002
Your story "Portugal May Have Put America on the Map" (Oct. 6) not only has Magellan as the first European to have officially sighted the Pacific (it was Balboa) but also repeats an old idea as if it were completely new: that an unknown Portuguese explorer ventured as far north as present-day Acapulco up the west side of the Americas, that this was kept "secret" for reasons of state by the Portuguese but that somehow the German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller incorporated this "discovery" into his world map of 1507.
September 6, 2009
Arve Henriksen : If you're thirsty for surprising sounds and quietly evocative mood music, look up this sonic explorer from Norway. Imagine Miles Davis remaking "In a Silent Way" inside a snow cave and you have some idea of where this trumpeter's atmospheric ECM release "Cartography" is coming from. There may not be a traditional jazz groove, but if you follow where Henriksen leads, you won't miss it. "Being Human": The premise for this BBC America series sounds like a bad "SNL" sketch -- a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire share an apartment.