Airbus Crash: First off, I want to start off with a very compelling analysis of the weather conditions and the possible relation to the potential cause of the crash of Air France Flight 447. This link from Anthony Watts is elaborate, but still should be clear to even novice individuals.
President Obama’s Speech in Cairo:
President Obama gave a speech at Cairo University in which he said the following:
The origin of Islam as a religion seems to go back to Muhammad in the early 7th century. However, since Islam claims to be based on all previous prophets, then it is argued that the religion actually goes back to the beginning of man. There apparently was a schism in Islam following the death of Muhammad. I am not an Islamic expert, but this is how I understand it. Nevertheless, here is what my sources cite as the origins of historical items mentioned by the President:
Origin of Algebra:
Most Americans claim it is the Greeks, specifically pointing to Euclid, as insinuates a University of Hawaii professor. However, at Ball State, a professor indeed points to Al-Khwarizmi, who was from Baghdad in the 8th and 9th centuries. Algebra as we know it was probably a developmental thing with no one individual being able to claim the title of “father of algebra.” This historical outline indicates it was many other people in other civilizations could make the same claim. civilizations that contributed. While it does not mention Al-Khwarizmi, it does mention the work of Brahmagupta, who was from India and lived just prior to Al-Khwarizmi. It indicates that the work of Brahmagupta was translated into Arabic and it would make sense then that Al-Khwarizmi built on the work of the Indian mathematician. So, someone who was probably Muslim did indeed play a part in the development of Algebra, but many
The Magnetic Compass: The magnetic compass was invented by the Chinese. It is unclear when it was used for navigation. This site claims that it was brought to Europe from China by Arab traders. Other sources say that the earliest writings of the use of the compass for navigation was by the Europeans in the 12th century and the earliest known written account by an Arab was in the 13th century and he makes reference to having seen someone 40 years earlier using the device.
Printing:The Iran Chamber Society dates printing in Iran to the 17th Century. The first movable type printing press is generally known to be Gutenberg’s printing press in 1440. There is some evidence that there was an earlier version in China. The State University of New York at Suffolk claims that block printing also goes to Asia.
On This Date In History: Everyone knows about Paul Revere’s ride with him crying out “the British are coming” and the Old North Church “one if by land, two if by sea.” But what about Jack Jouett? He may have done as much or more to save the Revolution on June 4, 1781.
The Virginia Assembly was convening in Charlottesville, Va. Jouett was a captain in the Virginia Militia and the 27-year-old was hanging around the Cuckoo Tavern in Louisa County. There he saw part of the 250 Redcoats whom he found out were on their way to Charlottesville to capture the Assembly…including Thomas Jefferson. Jouett took off into the night and rode 40 miles through dense wilderness that was dangerous by day and possibly deadly by night. Unlike Revere, he didn’t travel by nice well-traveled roads. It’s amazing that he got through because most people couldn’t have made the trip in one day let alone one night. He arrived at Jefferson’s door at Monticello at dawn, his face swollen and scratched from branches that whacked him to and fro on his harrowing trip. Nevertheless…when the British arrived, the Assembly was gone, including Jefferson. So, the lesson may be that if you are trying something clever…stay out of taverns. And, I think we should start a new rhyme about Jack Jouett.
Now listen Children now sit right back, and hear the tale of Captain Jack
He rode through the night and was slapped in the face
He rescued Jefferson from a dangerous place!
Weather Bottom Line: As I warned for a few days….It was cool today with highs in the 60′s. I told you that the models were much cooler than the prevailing forecasts by the TV foofs. I was in Indy today and it was sunny. We will get pretty good weather through the weekend. Cool lows in the 50′s tonight and Friday night. Wouldn’t be surprised if some folks in the northern part of the viewing area are in the upper 40′s. Temps will moderate to mid to upper 70′s Friday. Low to mid 80′s on Saturday and mid to upper 80′s on Sunday.