Cosmos

Eureka moments in Syracuse

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

Civilisation made concrete

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

Is this the real life or just fantasy?

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

Escaping the Moscow ghetto

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

The heroes who came up with zero

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

An Italian take on time and space

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

New Year confusions

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

Acting the goat with the Greeks

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

Indiana Jones and the Table of Babel

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

Rediscovering a Roman Thought

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

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"
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