What’s behind the miraculous spiral on Booterstown Strand?
- August 16, 2018, 01:00
We all know what a spiral looks like. Or do we? Ask your friends to describe one and they will probably trace out the form of a spiral staircase. But (...)
Imagine two cities on the equator. What’s the quickest route between them?
- April 19, 2018, 05:00
Geodesy is the study of Earth’s shape and size, and of variations in its gravitational field. Earth was originally believed to be flat, but many clues(...)
Margaret the First review: The life and times of ‘Mad Madge’ Cavendish
- December 10, 2016, 05:00
With a fondness for fame that would outshine any of today’s X Factor hopefuls, Margaret Lucas Cavendish, duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, took pleasure(...)
Unthinkable: Are scientists wrong to dismiss astrology?
- December 1, 2015, 00:00
A time traveller from Jesus’s day would be shocked at what has happened to the discipline of astrology. Once ranked as a serious science, it is now a(...)
Weblog: Descartes brought to surf generation via Kickstarter
- June 25, 2015, 01:00
Could I convince you to read Meditations on First Philosophy, a work by René Descartes considered to be the founding text of modern philosophy? What i(...)
Unthinkable: Who’s running the show, you or your brain?
- January 10, 2014, 01:00
The nature of the mind has vexed philosophers and scientists for centuries. Though seemingly of esoteric interest, the issue has profound implications(...)