Robert Boyle

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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 approach to knowledge in art and science is different but complementary.’ File image: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

The idea that science and the humanities are separate, non-overlapping spheres of learning is widely assumed. There are “two cultures”, we are told, e(...)

“Most scientists and historians would agree that Einstein’s quest was driven by scientific curiosity.” Photograph:  Getty Images)
Is science influenced by politics?

“Science is always political,” asserted a young delegate at an international conference on the history of physics earlier this month. It was a very en(...)

Sir Hans Sloane  - personal physician to three British monarchs

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting Dublin this week, it’s worth recalling the remarkable life of an Irishman who enjoyed unparalleled access(...)

Who was Robert Boyle  and why were his experiments so important in the development of the modern scientific method?

The importance of history as a core subject in school was recently articulated by Prof Diarmaid Ferriter in The Irish Times. Similar sentiments have b(...)

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(...)

For a small nation, we've plenty to boast about

CONNACHT Galway Galway has always been a hub for visitors, notably including Christopher Columbus, who pitched up in 1477 and is thought to have atte(...)

Structures such as Newgrange remain wonderful feats of calculation and engineering of our ancestors. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the most recent research investigating Europeans’ attitudes towards science, 70 per cent of people surveyed agreed that having an interest in scie(...)

Stuart Simmons of Harwell Technical Services and Ken Bergin, head of special collections at the Glucksman Library. Photograph: Alan Place/Fusionshooters

A rare national treasure of early printed books and manuscripts dating from the 13th century has been placed in the care of the University of Limeric(...)

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