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25 November 1915: thanks to Albert Einstein, everything becomes relative!

This week, we look back on the major discovery of the most famous scientist in history who, on the 25th of November 1915, presented his general theory of relativity to the Prussian Royal Academy of Science.   A FAR FROM ORDINARY STUDENT The famous Albert Einstein, who was born on the 14th of March 1879 in Ulm, was an astonishing personality. His scientific vocation was clear from an early age: he was barely five years old when he became fascinated by a compass, the functioning of which

2021.11.22
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21 November 1782: Jacques de Vaucanson, a mechanical genius

This week, we tell you the story of one of the fathers of mechanics and automata, a man still very much part of our everyday lives, both technologically and artistically...   AN EARLY CALLING Jacques de Vaucanson was born on the 24th of February 1709 in Grenoble into a large middle-class family. In spite of this, it was to overcome his loneliness that this glove-maker’s son revealed his exceptional mechanical abilities at a very early age. His mother took him every Sunday to visit

2021.11.15
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10 November 1810: George Jennings, the finest toilets available to everyone

This week marks the anniversary of the birth of a certain George Jennings. Although this name probably means nothing to you, we all owe a debt of gratitude to this English engineer, since he is none other than the inventor of… public flush toilets.    A MIND SWIRLING WITH IDEAS Josiah George Jennings was thus born on the 10th of November 1810 in Eling, Hampshire. The oldest of seven children, he started work upon the death of his father when he was only 14 and ended up joining

2021.11.08
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19 October 1897: George Pullman and the train of history

This week, we profile an American industrialist whose name went down in history for the best of reasons… but also for the worst.   THOSE WHO LOVE HIM CAN TAKE THE TRAIN… The destiny of George Pullman, who was born on the 3rd of March 1831 in New York State, quickly became clear. His father, a mechanical engineer, found a job working on the widening of the Erie Canal. His mission was to move houses and reinstall them on better and more permanent foundations. Thus made aware

2021.10.18
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5 October 1914: the French pilots Frantz and Quenault win the first aerial dogfight in history

This week, we look back to the first military exploit of a then very recent industrial invention used in an armed conflict, and not just any conflict because we are talking about World War I.   A NEW MODE OF COMBAT When the war began in the summer of 1914, aviation was still in its infancy, the Wright Brothers’ first flight having taken place only in 1903. Nevertheless, immediately realising its military importance, France equipped itself with aircraft for reconnaissance purposes

2021.10.04
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24 September 1888: the fabulous odyssey of the Gymnote

This week, we tell you the story of the first operational electrically-powered missile-launching submarine, launched on this date. A major world first for which France can claim credit – jointly with Spain which launched a comparable vessel at the same time.   1 - A STORY OF MEN Behind the Gymnote was a man, Admiral Théophile Aube, leader of the “Young School”. This iconic current of French naval thinking at the end of the 19th century was based on a break with

2021.09.22
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29 August 1885: Gottlieb Daimler patents the first motorcycle

This week, we tell you about the origins of a means of transport which was as revolutionary as its inventor.   THE MONTAIGNE AND LA BOÉTIE OF THE MOTOR INDUSTRY When Gottlieb Daimler was born on the 17th of March 1834 in Schorndorf, 20 miles from Stuttgart, if his pastry chef father had been told he was going to become a legend of industry, the new “sugar daddy” would have had eyes as wide as saucers. However, contrary to the cookie cutter cliché that children

2021.08.23
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19 August 1913: Adolphe Pégoud takes the leap

What happened this week in the History of Industry? It is to answer this question that Global Industrie invites you to rediscover, every week, a key event which occurred around this time… in another age. Let’s look back more than a century to the human (and industrial) feat accomplished by a somewhat forgotten pioneer of aviation who, on the 19th of August 1913, became the first man to parachute out of a plane… which he was flying.   LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE Although

2021.08.18