Simon Newcomb

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Benford’s law can reveal highly unlikely frequencies of numbers in a dataset. It has been used to detect fraud in elections and tampering with digital images. Photograph: iStock

The irregular distribution of the first digits of numbers in databases provides a valuable tool for fraud detection. A remarkable rule that applies to(...)

Prof Paul Callanan pictured with the equatorial telescope in the Crawford Observatory, UCC, which was manufactured by Howard Grubb. It tracks the motion of the stars using clockwork - just the same as Grubb’s “coelostat” device, which was used during the eclipse of 1919. Photograph: Andrew Bradley

A total eclipse of the Sun 100 years ago today – on May 29th – provided the first evidence in favour of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. It g(...)