Science

Standing The Test Of Spacetime

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

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

The Scientific State

The state is crowding out private funding of scientific research

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

Three-Parent Babies — Miracle Cure or Eugenics?

The HFEA's proposal to permit mitochondria replacement would alter our genetic constitution—a risky and unethical step too far

Is the Brain the Key to Understanding Religion?

The neuroscience of human nature now treats mind and body as a single integrated entity

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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