Named for German physicist Georg Lichtenberg, Lichtenberg figures are branching, lightning-like fractal patterns that can appear on or in insulating materials, such as glass, after an electrical discharge. They are also sometimes found on the skin of lightning strike victims in the form of intricate patterns thought to be caused by damage to small blood vessels along the path of the current. In capturing the figures on paper, Lichtenberg discovered the principle behind what modern technology?
Back in the day
A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatner and Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists. What were some of the show's most celebrated episodes?
Born on a day like today
Marx and his brothers entered show business with their mother as a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. Later in his career, he enjoyed success as host of the TV game show You Bet Your Life, which was mainly a showcase for his witty banter with contestants. By the end of his career, he had become an instantly recognizable cultural institution who was lauded by individuals as disparate as Johnny Carson and T. S. Eliot. What event that occurred three days earlier overshadowed his 1977 death?