Mark Ronan

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The Bletchley Park cryptographers were a rum bunch. Their successors are keeping up the good work

Never Too Old

The dearth of GCSE Greek courses — or indeed, Ancient Greek history — taught in state schools is to the great detriment of secondary school pupils

Maths Class

The government's insistence on incessant testing leaves pupils arithmetically substandard

Experts and Axioms

When politics has entered the scientific debate over climate change, how can we trust the experts?

Unsound Science

Government plans to allocate scientific research funding according to "economic and social impact" will stifle creativity and prevent basic advances

Maths Moves in Mysterious Ways

The shapes and patterns of Nature have some surprising explanations

Facing the Music

Ronald Harwood's plays tackle the thorny issue of great artists accused of collaborating with the Nazis

Taking Research for Granted

British universities need to become more like America’s if they want to keep the best scientists

Box of Tricks

100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know by John D. Barrow

Ditch the New Maths for Good Old Euclid

Every pupil should have the chance to learn from the neglected father of geometry

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"