Science

The musical note that can trigger cold sweats and sightings of the dead

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Imagine that all the frequencies nature affords were laid out on an extended piano keyboard. Never mind that some waves…

It’s a miracle this exhibition even exists: Audubon’s Birds of America reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

In 2014, an exhibition of watercolours by the renowned avian artist, John James Audubon, opened in New York. The reviews,…

Know your left from your right: the brain’s divided hemispheres

12 February 2022 9:00 am

The dust jacket of The Matter With Things quotes a large statement from an Oxford professor: ‘This is one of…

Why we should study literature, not science

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Gstaad Who was it who said good manners had gone the way of black and white TV? Actually it was…

The forgotten Einstein: how John von Neumann shaped the modern world

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Why isn’t John von Neumann better known?

The case for dodging cracks in the pavement

9 October 2021 9:00 am

It is interesting to consider what would have happened if the Covid virus had emerged in 1921. Or 1821. Or…

Made me buzz like an electron: Science – Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Given my affection for M*A*S*H, I can’t think why I haven’t listened to Alan Alda’s podcasts before now, besides the…

How the Lancet lost our trust

26 June 2021 9:00 am

How the Lancet lost our trust

An orange or an egg? Determining the shape of the world

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Simon Winchester follows the volatile French mission to Ecuador in 1735 to determine the shape of the Earth

Stephen Hawking: the myth and the reality

1 May 2021 9:00 am

I could never muster much enthusiasm for the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. His work, on the early universe and the…

If you want a play that brings girls into science, commission a man: Jina and the STEM Sisters reviewed

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Jina and the STEM Sisters is a blatant act of propaganda. And its intentions are excellent. This is a musical…

Letters: What really irritates Meghan’s critics

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Meghan’s adroitness Sir: Tanya Gold suggests that people criticise Meghan Markle because she is mixed race and a woman, and…

Grotesquely plodding: Late Night Staring At High Res Pixels reviewed

13 March 2021 9:00 am

The Finborough’s new show is a love story with the male partner absent. Two women, one Irish and one American,…

The poetic beauty of science

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Safe spaces, diversity quotas, gender-neutral pronouns, culturally relative facts, heteronormative hegemony. Are my right-on credentials right on enough? Am I…

The Egyptians knew the value of accidental discoveries

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The government has plans to fund a new research agency to back ‘cutting-edge science’. Ptolemaios (Ptolemy) I (367-282 bc), the…

Memory – and the stuff of dreams

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Can you remember when you heard about 9/11? Chances are you’ll be flooded instantly with memories — not only where…

Letters: Is cycling really conservative?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Veritas vincit Sir: Professor Dawkins eloquently and engagingly defines true truth for us (‘Matters of fact’, 19 December). It seems…

The insidious attacks on scientific truth

19 December 2020 9:00 am

What is truth? You can speak of moral truths and aesthetic truths but I’m not concerned with those here, important…

A singular mind: Roger Penrose on his Nobel Prize

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Roger Penrose on his Nobel Prize, the beauty of physics – and why AI is nothing to fear

Christiaan Huygens – hero of time and space

19 December 2020 9:00 am

This book, soaked like the Dutch Republic itself ‘in ink and paint’, is enchanting to the point of escapism. The…

Unpleasant smells can actually enhance pleasure

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Harold McGee’s Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World’s Smells is an ambitious and enormous work. Indeed it’s so…

The solving of a biological mystery

2 December 2020 5:00 am

DNA is the blueprint that encodes the instructions to make proteins. Proteins are the building blocks and the machines that…

The dangers of unconscious bias training

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Diversity training doesn’t work

Why I will wear a face mask

18 July 2020 9:00 am

We are enjoined by certain experts to wear face masks while having sexual intercourse. No change there, then, for me.…

How we can overcome Britain's problem with scientific illiteracy

21 April 2020 7:27 pm

It occurs to me that one of the most important lessons we’ve learnt so far during this time of plague…