John Tyndall

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 “Domination of the atmosphere is not a role we ever sought or warranted.” Illustration: Thunderclouds by Michael Viney

A stormless and flood-free winter and radiant if chilly spring could have fooled us into thinking that climate change was in abeyance, and the human w(...)

Irish environmental scientist Tara Shine delivering the 2020 Royal Institution lecture.

The Royal Institution lecture has been a Christmas tradition in Britain since 1825, when it was initiated by the renowned scientist Michael Faraday at(...)

Tyndall CEO, Prof William Scanlon said: ‘2019 was another phenomenally successful year for the Institute’.

Minister for Further and Higher Education and Research Simon Harris has paid tribute to the Tyndall National Institute in Cork after it surpassed more(...)

Like John Tyndall, who always underlined the need for science communication and engagement with the public, Tyndall National Institute in UCC has a major programme of science engagement in tandem with advanced research. Above  public engagement and outreach officers Dr Caitriona Tyndall and Alida Zauers with Albi Morrish in the Tyndall Atrium adjoining the cleanroom during Culture Night. Photograph: Clare Keogh.

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor The life of great Irish natural philosopher John Tyndall was summed up adeptly in 2018 when the pu(...)

A notable entry in Mary Mulvihill’s Ingenious Ireland: The Coelostat from Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies which provided proof of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Maria Koutoulakis pictured with the Grubb Coelostat and Einstein Lens. Photograph: Mark Steadman

I was late for an appointment with my chiropractor when I spotted the book. It jumped out at me from a prime position on a front-window shelf of a cha(...)

Robert Boyle: The day will begin with an examination of his life and work, emphasising his importance in developing and popularising the experimental method

The leading role Irish scientists played in developing climate science going back hundreds of years, and the current challenge of countering global wa(...)

The innocence of early writing about Irish nature gave way to centuries of dramatic change, from druidic worship of the ancient forest to modern, ecological passion and alarm. Picture: Michael Viney

For the cock blackbird that visits my windowsill, with a sharp glance past my computer, our leafy acre offers shelter on a windswept, tightly nibbled (...)

The Bunsen burner is still ‘one of the most valuable inventions ever made’ as an obituary of its inventor claimed in 1899. File photograph: Ian Logan/Stone/Getty

My eldest son started secondary school this year and that means his first science labs (in addition to all the other changes of course). I loved schoo(...)

George Gabriel Stokes made profound contributions to hydrodynamics and devised and performed many ingenious experiments in optical science. Portrait: The Royal Society

Ireland should do much more to recognise “the immense contribution to the world of science” made by mathematician and physicist George Gabriel Stokes (...)

 Joseph Fourier’s idea that the Earth’s atmosphere acts like an insulator is the first formulation of what we now call the greenhouse effect. File photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier, French mathematician and physicist, was born in Auxerre, 251 years ago today. He is best known for the mathematical tech(...)

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