March 18, 1987: Woodstock for Physicists
1987: Thousands of physicists crowd a ballroom at the New York Hilton for a hastily arranged marathon session on high-temperature superconductivity. The event generates so much excitement that it is later referred to as the “Woodstock of Physics.”
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“A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.”
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Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone patent drawing
March 7, 1876.
Publicity picture of Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs with his “Magnifying transmitter” generating millions of volts. The arcs are about 7 meters (23 ft) long. (Tesla’s notes identify this as a multiple exposure photograph.)