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Carter Enters the Tomb of Tutankhamun

When Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb of the Egyptian King Tutankhamun, they were the first people to do so in 3,000 years. The tomb was then the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. While team members were unwrapping the linens of King Tut's mummy, the skull of the ancient king fell away from the body and was dented. Later, the deaths of several of Carter's team members invited speculation about what ancient curse?



Shalimar Gardens

The Shalimar Gardens, which are included on UNESCO's World Heritage list, were built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in Lahore, Pakistan, in the period 1641-1642. They are composed of three descending terraces laid out in the form of an oblong parallelogram, surrounded by a high brick wall, which is famous for its intricate fretwork. The terraces are elevated by 4-5 m (13-15 ft) above one another and contain a wide variety of trees, fountains, and buildings. What are the names of the terraces?

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Norbert Wiener

Wiener was an American mathematician and educator who made significant contributions to a number of areas of mathematics, including harmonic analysis and Fourier transforms, but he is best known for his theory of cybernetics, the comparative study of control and communication in humans and machines. While serving as a professor of mathematics at MIT, Wiener developed a reputation for being extraordinarily absent-minded. What are some of the stories about him that support this characterization?

Last updated on Sunday, 26th November 2006

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