Galileo

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Galileo Galilei’s signature is seen on a document displayed during the exhibition “Lux in Arcana, the Vatican secret Archives reveals itself” at the Capitoline Museums in Rome in 2012. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The 1633 trial of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) before the Roman Inquisition is frequently cited to demonstrate that science and the Catholic Church are(...)

Our nearest neighbour in space has been part of human culture since time immemorial. File photograph: Getty

Reading through Galileo’s work Sidereus Nuncius you get a sense of not just the thrill of discovery, but of a keen eye seeing Earth’s sculpted landsca(...)

‘The ideas we might think of as the shadowy, ridiculous concerns of the extreme internet fringes are actually being waved under our very noses from the White House front lawn.’ Photograph: iStock

“There has been an awakening ... changing the world ... one man at a time.” These are the dramatic words that appear when you visit mgtow.com. In a vi(...)

A 17th  century representation of the world system of Copernicus), father of modern astronomy. Photograph:   Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

You all know the story, frequently recounted to the present day. Following the fall of Rome (476AD), Europe entered the Dark Ages (476 to 1453), a Cat(...)

The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter become well placed for viewing this month. File photograph: Getty Images

There is a moment in Kim Stanley Robinson’s book Galileo’s Dream when a mysterious stranger prompts the title character to turn his newly acquired spy(...)

2019 Punchestown Festival: Richard Johnson  on Defi Du Seuil trails eventual winner Robbie Power on Chacun Pour Soi in The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

It’s been a long wait but eight months after Chacun Pour Soi had the racing world at his feet he returns to action on day two of Leopardstown’s Christ(...)

Dafne Keen as the headstrong, rebellious, adored Lyra Belacqua

There’s something immediately familiar about Lyra Belacqua, the young hero of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials (BBC One, Sunday,(...)

A grey colt yearling pictured in the parade ring in Goffs, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A record €3.2 million Irish sale for a yearling filly at Goff’s annual Orby sale was not enough to prevent a 33 per cent slump in pre-tax profits to €(...)

Cnoc na dTobar pilgrim path in Co Kerry

Irish tourism is booming; a whopping 9.5 million visitors came from overseas last year, almost double our national population. Domestic holidaymakers (...)

‘Some critics of religion such as Dawkins (pictured) and Dennett do indeed point out, convincingly to me, that scientific explanations of the universe are reliable while religious ones are not.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The relationship between science and religion has never been easy but it became much more difficult in Europe after Galileo discovered in 1610 strong (...)

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