The Invention of the Laser

Albert Einstein stated in 1917 that it should be possible, by using light of a certain frequency, to stimulate an atom and force it to release its excess of energy in the form of concentrated light. This process was called “stimulated emission” and it was the beginning of the story behind the laser.

The Invention of the the Matches

The first attempt to come up with something similar to a match as we know it today appeared late in the seventeen century. Godfrey Haukewitz was the assistant of the famous chemist Robert Boyle who had discovered the phosphorus. Haukewitz designed his invention using pieces of wood, sulphur and phosphorus, and it would produce a small flame when frictioned. The only problem with the pseudo-match was the fact that it was poisonous and expensive.