Courtesy Charles D. Winters/Photo Researchers, Inc.While making my occasional visit to my favorite obscure holidays website, I was delighted to see that today is Bunsen Burner Day! The holiday is an annual celebration of the birth of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen who is credited with inventing the bunsen burner.
"Bunsen Burner Day celebrates the birthday of its creator. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811. And, you guessed it, von Bunsen created the Bunsen Burner.
If you are a high school student, you know all about the bunsen burner. If you work in a chemistry laboratory, chances are you use the burner in your job. If its been a while since high school chemistry class, the memory of the bunsen burner may have faded somewhat.
In case you memory has faded, the Bunsen Burner is a long, hollow tube. Gas and air are combined to create a hot flame. The burner is used in a wide range of scientific and laboratory projects.
Spend a few minutes today to appreciate the value of this important scientific tool. We will let you determine how many minutes to spend in reflection."
So go out and celebrate the Bunsen Burner!