A French stamp issued to commemorate the work of Sophie Germain

When a guitar string is plucked, we don’t see waves travelling along the string. This is because the ends are fixed. Instead, we see a standing-wave p(...)

An artist’s rendering of a brain/computer interface made by Neuralink. The San Francisco-based company  says it has created a device that could one day wire data links directly to the brain

Elon Musk aspires to make inserting a computer connection into your brain as safe and painless as Laser eye surgery. Neuralink, a company in which Mus(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: will formally appoint members of the council heading  the new organisation that will take over the academy of science’s 15 research institutes. Photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/EPA

Hungary’s government is poised to tighten control over the country’s venerable academy of sciences, in what critics call another attack on academic fr(...)

People perform a lion dance to bring good luck to tourists during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

China has started pulling mainland-based Taiwanese businesspeople and students into “brainstorming” sessions on the future of the de facto independent(...)

Many women reacted strongly to Anton Mesmer’s magnetic therapies; some of them convulsing or falling unconscious.

In 1778 Anton Mesmer arrived in Paris. He had left Vienna under a cloud when his new practice of animal magnetism raised objections among medical prac(...)

Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany, now with its fountain

When Frederick the Great was crowned King of Prussia in 1740 he immediately revived the Berlin Academy of Sciences and invited scholars from throughou(...)

The historic cable car in San francisco

We are travelling to a family wedding in San Francisco in May. We have flights booked for a stay of 12 days. We have never visited this side of the U(...)

The German-born mathematical atomic physicist Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955).

A century ago, a man with curly black hair and a moustache left his Berlin apartment and changed the world. I think of him often as I hurry to the U-B(...)

Angela Merkel at Trinity College yesterday, where she met and spoke to Philosophical Society members. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A softer side of Angela Merkel was in evidence yesterday as the German chancellor addressed 200 students in the debating hall at Trinity Colleg(...)