Cosmos

In a charming Sicilian museum you can test the theories of antiquity’s greatest mathematician

The ancient Assyrians deserve to be remembered for being pioneering builders and engineers

It may not be possible to know if we are living in a simulation — but perhaps we don’t need certainty

How a brilliant young Russian mathematician was blocked by blatant Soviet anti-Semitism

‘Arabic’ numerals came to Europe from India — but ancient Sumerians invented them

Events in the quantum world do not form an orderly queue but crowd around in a chaotic fashion

We celebrated our New Year on January 1 but the Chinese will do so this month. Why the difference?

Innumeracy at the top of European politics beggared Greece and may now vitiate Brexit negotiations

An ancient Mesopotamian tablet shows Babylonian trigonometrists had long anticipated the Greeks

Lucretius’s poem On the Nature of Things was written in 50 BC, yet remains as startling as ever