I was inspired by the story of this year’s Nobel Laureate in Physics, Professor A. Geim. He was an Ig-Noble prize winner a scant ten years ago, for the distinction of levitating live frogs with magnets. Now he and his University of Manchester colleague have won the Nobel Prize for extraction of graphene, a carbon-based material with amazing properties, including exceptional conductivity, transparency and strength.
Put aside the subject of this image, cigarettes. Note the style, humor and backdrop. It is delightfully whimsical, much in the spirit I attribute to Professor Geim as he levitated his frogs.
Image: Churchman’s Cigarettes, Early 20th Century originally uploaded by the Chemical Heritage Foundation