William Rowan Hamilton

Dublin’s new Rosie Hackett Bridge opens later this month, and there are now calls to name Cork Airport after Rory Gallagher. So isn’t it about time we(...)

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A trip down Hamilton’s mathematical memory laneSometimes a short stroll in the autumn sunshine can be highly educational. A walk along the Royal Canal(...)

Quessia Dessaless from Rutland National School, Dublin, with a maze illustrating the concept of probability. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

With the new school year beginning, teachers are looking for opportunities to enrich the education of their pupils. Next month the eighth annual Maths(...)

Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton

Sometimes inspiration can strike suddenly. On October 16th, 1843, while walking along the Royal Canal from Dunsink Observatory to the Royal Irish Acad(...)

Mark Post, a Dutch scientist, with the world’s first beef burger created from stem cells harvested from a living cow

Earlier this week a lab-grown “cultured” beef burger was cooked and eaten at a press conference in London. The proof-of-concept patty, which reportedl(...)

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865), an Irish mathematician and inventor of quarternions. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The power of mathematics is astonishing. Time and again, mathematical theories developed without any application in mind have later proved ideal for s(...)

The angle at the apex of the wake of a boat is fixed at about 40 degrees, irrespective of a boat’s speed. This pattern is called a Kelvin wake. Photograph: Getty Images

A stone dropped in a pond generates waves in a beautiful changing pattern, a rippling ring radiating outward from a centre that gradually retur(...)

The structure of DNA was a discovery but one based on practical chemistry

It must be a wonderful thing to discover something so important that the date it occurred becomes an annual day of celebration marked on a cale(...)