Symposium: People Powered Medicine

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 […]

Ian Morris: Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels – How Human Values Evolve

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 […]

Lifting the lid: The Royal Society since 1960

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 […]

Hamilton, Boole and their Algebras

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 […]

SciBar: Dying to be Beautiful

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 […]

A 13th century theory of everything

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, […]

New insights: the health of Julius Caesar

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.

A history of dieting

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 […]

Reviewed: UK Conference of Science Journalists

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 […]