Lord Kelvin

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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 (...)

Kelvin’s tide machine. Belfast-born William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin) developed the science by constructing the harmonic theory of tides.

All who set a sail, cast a hook or take a dip have a keen interest in the water level, and the regular ebb and flow of the tides. At most places the t(...)

Young scientists engage in participative science at the launch of this year’s Galway Science and Technology Festival. Photo: Andrew Downes

Across the world science centres provide an important and successful means of communicating science to the public. We have been slow in getting off th(...)

A proton-proton collision at the Cern particle collider. John Bell had a stellar physics career at the physics research centre and laboratory in Geneva, where he was officially focused on particle physics. Photograph: AP Photo/Cern

The island of Ireland might be known, to those wearing emerald-tinted glasses, as the land of saints and scholars, but isn’t it curious that in the(...)

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865), an Irish mathematician and inventor of quarternions. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The power of mathematics is astonishing. Time and again, mathematical theories developed without any application in mind have later proved ideal for s(...)

The Pitch Drop experiment

Later this year a big black blob of sticky pitch will plummet from a funnel and plop into a beaker. In one of the longest-running physics exper(...)