p 34 |Henri Fantin-Latour (1836–1904):French painter & lithographer, known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists & writers.
p 35 | Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette (1634–93), known as Madame de La Fayette, was a French author who wrote La Princesse de Clèves, France's first historical novel and one of the earliest novels in literature.
p 35 | Henrietta of England (1644 –70) was the youngest daughter of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France.
p 39 | Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) is a collection of poetry by Victor Hugo, published in 1856. It consists of 156 poems in six books. Most of the poems were written between 1841 and 1855, though the oldest date from 1830. Memory plays an important role in the collection, as Hugo was experimenting with the genre of autobiography in verse. (wiki)
p 39 | A geometer is a mathematician whose area of study is geometry.
p 40 | On November 8, 1895, German physics professor Wilhelm Röntgen stumbled on X-rays while experimenting with Lenard tubes and Crookes tubes.
p 37 | Napoleon Bonaparte’s Licorice Obsession: Apparently, Cottard was right!
p 37 | The Barberini Palace is a 17th-century palace in Rome, facing the Piazza Barberini in Rione Trevi.
p 37 | Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94) was a Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer, best known for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses.