Thought for the month

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Periodic celebration
The United Nations has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements being 150 years since Mendeleev produced the first version. An 1885 version, printed in Vienna by Verlag v Lenoir & Forster, has been found at the University of St Andrews. It was bought by mail order in 1888 for three German goldmarks, the equivalent of about €20/$22/£17 today.

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