John Tyndall

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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(...)

A mural shows Australian prime minister Scott Morrison holding a lump of coal as it advertises a rally by students across the world to protest against climate change, in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Our climate Our climate has shaped life on Earth for thousands of years. A combination of “the atmosphere, oceans, lands, ice and the life on our pla(...)

The idea of global warming was developed by the Irish scientist and Carlow man, John Tyndall (1820-93). Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Is the world ever going to get on top of global carbon dioxide releases? One despairs when you see those images of giant smoke stacks with what looks (...)

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