Page 578. " Metropolis "

Metropolis was a German silent film released in 1927 and directed by Fritz Lang. An expressionist, science-fiction piece, it is set in a futuristic dystopia and explores the relationship between workers and and capitalists.

The film was cut heavily after initial screenings. Various versions have been unearthed in the decades since. In 2008, a version 30 minutes longer than any previously known cut was discovered in Argentina. It was restored and screened in February 2010.

Page 584. " portrait of Michael Faraday "
Portrait of Michael Faraday by Thomas Phillips, 1842
Public DomainPortrait of Michael Faraday by Thomas Phillips, 1842 - Credit: Thomas Phillips

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was an English chemist and physicist famous for his pioneering work in electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

While studying the magnetic field around an electric current, Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism, and the laws of electrolysis. He was also the first to suggest that magnetism could affect light rays. He invented electromagnetic rotary devices that allowed for electricity to be widely used in technology.

Faraday also discovered benzene, invented the Bunsen burner, and popularised terms such as anode, cathode, electrode and ion.

Faraday was appointed the first Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institute of Great Britain. To this day, he is regarded as one of the most important scientists of all time.

Page 586. " Silver-Streaking Bert Fibel "
The Silver Streak
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Silver Streak - Credit: Sean Lamb

The Silver Streak was a nickname for the Pioneer Zephyr, a diesel train made up of permanently bound together cars, built in 1934. The train's exterior was made primarily of stainless steel, giving it a distinctive image, and it was meant to promote rail travel in the United States. It made use of innovative building techniques to keep its weight down, and set a speed record when it made the journey between Denver, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois in 13 hours, five minutes, traveling at 77 mph. Its nickname stems from this feat.