Memories of the past glories survive in mankind minds.
Vast numbers of human beings enjoy wine the planet over. But when exactly did we start producing this magical substance?
The Hunterian Museum has a fantastic number of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens in innumerable jars for your viewing pleasure that document the progression from the the 17th century through to modern day. Join them for a special day-long event that explores the relationship between the medical profession and the public it serves. Discover how the relationship between doctor […]
The majority of people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But until the nineteenth century the opposite views prevailed. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, biology and history, Ian Morris presents a compelling new argument about the evolution of human values that has far-reaching […]
The Royal Society may be one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious scientific bodies, but what has it done in the last 50 years? In post-war Britain science was growing and public interest was surging, but the Royal Society struggled to find a place for itself in this changing world. Its survival strategy was […]
William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) revolutionized algebra with his discovery of quaternions, a non-commutative algebraic system, as well as his earlier work on complex numbers. George Boole (1815-1864) contributed to probability and differential equations, but his greatest achievement was to create an algebra of logic ‘Boolean algebra’. These new algebras were not only important to the […]
Science London’s Scibar is back, curated once again by the Art Necro team. Throughout history humans have sought to embellish and augment their physical appearance. As fashions change new contraptions, cosmetics and costumes are devised. There has often been little regard given to comfort and well-being when it comes to the body beautiful, and as […]
Ian Sillett reads about a momentous clash between two intellectual giants in 1922
Discover how a collaborative research approach is bringing new life to medieval theories about the universe. Robert Grosseteste was an English polymath who studied the physics of light and used it to explain colour and the rainbow, and the origin of the universe. Inspired by Grosseteste’s model, The Ordered Universe Project is bringing together historians, […]
70 years after Hiroshima, Fatema Kassamali on a book that documents how German physicists reacted, unaware they were being bugged
Rachel David reviews Sean Martin’s ‘A Short History of Disease’
Has an 18th century anatomist been vindicated by new research on how waste leaves the brain? Rachel David investigates.
Our understanding of evolution via natural selection was not pioneered by just one person. A tribute to the remarkable Alfred Russel Wallace.
Cassius: But soft, I pray you. What, did Caesar swound?
Casca: He fell down in the market place and foamed at mouth and was speechless.
Brutus: ‘Tis very like. He hath the falling sickness.
Elly Magson investigates Julius Caesar’s malady, 2000 years on.
DNA sequencing of old English parchments sheds light on changing farming practices
As part of our new science events listing, we pick an event coming up this week. Valentine’s Day at the The Old Operating Theatre Museum is looking at some of the consequences of love in the 18th Century.
44 years ago today, Apollo 14 landed on the moon. See more here. Image: NASA
Angelina Chrysanthou and Stephanie Sammann battle it out over which of
these everyday foods really presents the greatest health risk.
The Greenwich Prime Meridian: Jessica Norris explains the history and science behind this special landmark
Why does Russia have 11 time zones while China has just one? Peter Sherman investigates the history, politics and technology behind some of the world’s most incongruous ways of telling time.
Keeping time: Kruti Shrotri looks at the different timekeepers our
civilisation has used over the last five thousand years
Daniel Pick’s look at the Nazi experience is strong on history but weaker on psychology …
From HG Wells’s Invisible Man to Sir Isaac Newton, what motivates scientists to become their own experimental guinea pigs? …
The story of how the pneumatic tyre emerged on bikes illustrates how humans can shape technologies in whatever ways meet their needs…
Dentistry was not much fun in the 18th century, but it has influenced modern smiles none the less…
On Wednesday 16th January, Alanna Orpen went to see the historian, writer and broadcaster, Dr. Louise Foxcroft, talk about her research on the history of dieting at the Wellcome Collection. Here she tells us what she learnt… — Lord Byron; acclaimed English poet, influential literary figure and leading personality of the Romantic Period. But the […]
Some festive fun. Jo Poole takes an imaginative look at how the twelve days of Christmas song relates to drug discovery from anti-depressants to paracetamol …
A tour of London’s shopping arcades reveals the influence of science on our consumer culture. But has retail influenced science too?
Raising a glass to self-experimenting scientists…
UK Conference of Science Journalists 25 June 2012 The Royal Society, London “I think every writer, every journalist, every scholar, should tell you where he’s coming from before he tells you what he knows.” This is how Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at NYU, began his keynote speech. He went on to detail what […]