Science

Life is a far richer, more complicated affair than we imagined

20 January 2024 9:00 am

Exploring the new biology, Philip Hall explains how genes do not in fact determine our fate, and how cells can be reprogrammed to perform all kinds of new tasks

Now imagine a white hole – a black hole’s time-reversed twin…

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Just as you can enter a black hole without leaving it, you can exit a white hole without entering it – but first you must understand what black holes really are

An absolute earful

7 October 2023 9:00 am

Singing sands, the dawn chorus and the crackle of the Northern Lights are among the many natural wonders explored in Caspar Henderson’s paean to the act of listening

Why driving above the speed limit is a mug’s game

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Imagine you are choosing between two proposed road-improvement plans, but have the budget for only one. Both of the roads…

Science fiction: the crisis in research

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The crisis in research

Circular arguments

1 July 2023 9:00 am

Aristotle had long proved that the Earth was spherical, and even the illiterate masses of early medieval Europe were aware of the fact, says James Hannam

The science of horse racing

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Everybody in racing is looking for an edge. With 7-4 the field, the punter is looking for a 2-1. The…

How science became politicised

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Here’s a paradox. Over the past two-and-a-half years, a cadre of senior politicians and their ‘expert’ advisers across the world…

In search of the peripatetic philosopher Theophrastus

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Publishers lately seem to have got the idea that otherwise uncommercial subjects might be rendered sexy if presented with a…

A tribute to my friend James Lovelock

30 July 2022 3:00 pm

The scientist James Lovelock died this week at the age of 103. He was best known for his Gaia theory,…

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…