The sons of Mūsā ibn Shākir were bright and bold and if they hadn’t been Muslims would have probably gone on to be the patron saints of techno-geeks. They’re famous for their ninth-century Baghdad bestseller, a compendium of ingenious mechanical devices that they imaginatively titled Kitab al-Hiyal—The Book of Ingenious Devices. In it they describe what is possibly the first practical device for measuring differential pressure, and that’s where the problem really starts. In 1593 Galileo Galilei took time off from astronomy and promulgating heresy to invent a thermoscope for measuring heat. In 1833 Carl Friedrich Gauss invented a device to measure the strength of a magnetic field, and in 1908 Hans Geiger made a detector for ionizing radiation. At this very moment astronomers are detecting planets around distant stars by measuring how much their orbits wobble and the clever people at CERN are smashing particles together in the hope that Doctor Who will turn up and tell them to stop. The story of how we measure the physical universe is the history of science itself.

morganae:

How can someone dislike The Beatles is beyond me.

Best band ever

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For a terrifying moment I thought he was going to hug me, but fortunately we both remembered we were English just in time. Still, it was a close call.

minazummers:

Rivers of London tour

Ben Aaronovitch posted maps to the first three Rivers of London books on his blog. A friend and me were able to visit some of the places :-)

Rivers of London (Map)

1. The Actors Church, the first murder scene.

2. and 3. Some of the plaques that Peter got distracted by.

4. and 5. The Folly official home of British magic since 1775. … on the south side of the square where a row of Georgian terraces had survived. They were five storeys high, counting the dormer conversion, with wrought-iron railings defending steep drops into basement flats. The address I wanted had a noticeably grander flight of stairs than its neighbours, leading to double mahogany doors with brass fittings. Carved above the lintel were the words SCIENTIA POTESTAS EST.

6. Russel Square park (and the Folly).

7. Gardens behind the Actors Church. You can see the gate to Bedford Street, where Nightingale was waiting.

8. The cherry tree behind the Actors Church that Peter had an argument with.

9. Bow Street Magistrates Court, where Peter and Nightingale got the ghost warrant.

10. Punch and Judy at Covent Garden.

Moon over Soho: [here]

Whispers Underground: [here]

Broken Homes: [here]

Notes: This is my take on where the places are exactly. Especially the Folly could be a different building, but we decided that for us, this was it. It’s okay if you choose another one ;-). Also, I did not have the books open beside me at all times, I mostly decided what to photograph from memory.

steinkind:

hey you! yes, you.

you should read those books. they not only have beautifully designed covers, but they’re just awesome. if you are into witty, urban fantasy and crime novels that is.

"You put a spell on the dog," I said as we left the house.
“Just a small one,” said Nightingale.
“So magic is real,” I said. “Which makes you… what?”
“A wizard.”
“Like Harry Potter?”
Nightingale sighed. “No,” he said, “not like Harry Potter.”
“In what way?”
“I’m not a fictional character,” said Nightingale.

staythatswhatimeanttosay:

Oh, good. The Fifty Shades movie. I don’t know what I am more excited about seeing realized on film— the romanticized abuse, the uninteresting email banter complete with anguish over winky smilies, or the tampon scene.

Wonder who they cast as her inner goddess.

ackleholic-padaaddict:

I might not be attractive, but goddamn, when I love someone, I love them wholeheartedly. I will do everything in my power to make sure they are happy at all times. I will bend over backwards to help them out.

I am loyal, I love fiercely, and I care passionately.

Sometimes I think that’s a weakness, but it’s one I’m proud of.

alecwoodlight:

“Did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire, Harry?” he asked calmly.

8 years later and everybody is still annoyed about this i genuinely love the harry potter fandom

Goblet of Fire is a strong contender for worst of the Harry Potter movies.

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Sometimes I wonder whether, if I’d been the one that went for coffee and not Lesley May, my life would have been much  less interesting and certainly much less dangerous. Could it have been anyone, or was it destiny? When I’m considering this I find it helpful to quote the wisdom of my father, who once told me, ‘Who knows why the fuck anything happens?’ Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

Sometimes I wonder whether, if I’d been the one that went for coffee and not Lesley May, my life would have been much  less interesting and certainly much less dangerous. Could it have been anyone, or was it destiny? When I’m considering this I find it helpful to quote the wisdom of my father, who once told me, ‘Who knows why the fuck anything happens?’ Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

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