50 & 100 years ago

50 Years Ago

The University of Loughborough is already receiving encouraging response to its announcement last week of a new type of vacation course. Three weeks of courses are being arranged in July for technologists, scientists, managers, teachers and — here lies the novelty — for their spouses. Provision is being made for children so that families can be together while parents catch up on some mid-career training … Twenty-four technical courses during the three weeks will cover such subjects as optics, ultrasonics … statistics and management … Cultural courses for spouses … will cover industrial archaeology, music, drama and new techniques of food production … Accommodation is provided on the campus for families at reasonable rates … While hoping to provide all the facilities of a holiday camp, the university believes that its vacation courses will be more valuable than the description “intellectual Butlins” implies.

From Nature 6 April 1968

100 Years Ago

The recent development of aviation has provided a means of observing clouds which is much superior to any hitherto known. A modern aeroplane can reach the clouds in a very short time, and in many cases get above them. Observations of temperature can easily be obtained, and probably humidity observations would present no great difficulties. The “bumps” experienced also give some information as to the nature of the disturbance causing the formation of the clouds. It is well known that the two most important processes which cause clouds to form are (1) the mixture of layers of air of high humidity and different potential temperature, (2) adiabatic expansion due to upward movement.

From Nature 4 April 1918

Nature 556, 39 (2018)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-03910-1
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