Isaac Newton

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Born in 1706 in Paris, Émilie Du Châtelet showed signs of genius from an early age, mastering several languages and taking a keen interest in mathematics

A remarkable French natural philosopher and mathematician who lived in the early 18th century, Émilie Du Châtelet, generally remembered for her transl(...)

One of the first attempts to establish a rigorous, scientific date of creation came in 1650 from the Anglican Archbishop of Armagh, James Ussher

Edwin Poots’s recent stint as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party will no doubt be remembered mostly for its brevity, but it also generated a sign(...)

Isaac Newton: with no social media to distract him, the young genius retreated to his bedroom during his lockdown to develop the theory of gravity and work on what would become calculus. Portrait: Sir Godfrey Kneller

So, the day of reckoning is upon us. With Covid restrictions falling away, it’s time to audit your lockdown goals. Did you finally write the Great Iri(...)

Leonhard Euler revolutionised mathematics, greatly extending its boundaries. He was inexhaustible: no other mathematician has been so prolific

Mathematicians are an odd bunch. Isaac Newton was decidedly unpleasant, secretive and resentful while Carl Friedrich Gauss, according to several biogr(...)

People who prefer to solve problems by themselves are more likely to invent things. Photograph: iStock

Innovation is clearly of critical importance for progress. It depends on invention, which in turn depends on ideas. Only a tiny minority of people pro(...)

Riders collecting  themselves after a crash during a stage  of the  Tour de France. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

We were somewhere between the first entrance to Djouce Wood and the last steep downhill stretch onto Old Long Hill Road when the rest of the cycling s(...)

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(...)

George Berkeley. Aside from supporting slavery, ‘in his later political work, he is pretty grim on the Irish peasantry too’, says TCD researcher Clare Moriarty. Image: Hulton Archive

As statues topple amid anti-racism protests, universities are looking at some of the hallowed names associated with their institutions with some nervo(...)

A beech forest. German forester Peter Wohlleben claims beeches form forest communities that last for thousands of years because they act like families

I love the start of summer and the smell of the hawthorn blossom, the sweet scent of warm days, comfortingly familiar in these unfamiliar times. The h(...)

What is happening, though, is the induction of many office creatures into what must feel like the faintly subversive act of remote working.

The ambient chatter. The soul-revealing choices of desktop paraphernalia. Even the proprietary tension over coffee mugs - all the more vicious, as Hen(...)

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