Mark Ronan

Standing The Test Of Spacetime

The greatest scientists, such as Einstein, often made their greatest discoveries by thought experiments

Glorious Summer

When it comes to summer festival opera, Britain tends to get it right

Fiddler And The Proof

There is a link between a great Jewish musical and the search for a historic mathematical proof

The Ultimate Space Explorer

Alexander Grothendieck was a genius who reshaped mathematics but then withdrew from society

The Prime Numbers Have It

New mathematics prizes show the public that the subject is constantly renewing itself with new ideas

High pressure

A new play shows how weather forecasting affected the Normandy landings

Antediluvian Ark

An extraordinary cuneiform tablet has provided a mine of information about pre-biblical flood legends

Overrated: Ptolemy

The Egyptian astronomer's dubious methods dominated the science for over a millennium

Underrated: Tycho Brahe

This great Danish astronomer made a heliocentric theory credible

Wotan’s Trolley

After a request to exchange a shopping trolley in Germany was lost in translation, I now know the eurozone must fail

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"