The Greeks regarded the heavens as the epitome of perfection. All flaws and blemishes were confined to the terrestrial domain. Since the circle is per(...)

Denjoe O’Connor, professor of theoretical physics, at the launch of the  Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) new four-year strategy. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The location of exoplanets, the transmission of “quantum information” and the nature of seismic events on ocean floors are among the big topics needin(...)

Fields Medal winner Prof Martin Hairer at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson St. Photograph: Tom Honan

Maths at school level continues to have a perception problem, according to one of the world’s leading mathematicians. “It’s usually just perceived as(...)

Mathematicians Dr Fiacre Ó Cairbre, left, and Prof Anthony O’Farrell, both of Maynooth University,  received the Maths Week Ireland 2018 Award for raising public awareness of mathematics. Photograph:  John Ohle

Irish mathematicians Prof Anthony O’Farrell and Dr Fiacre Ó Cairbre, both of Maynooth University, have been honoured as this year’s recipients of the (...)

William Francis de Vismes Kane was an English-born sheriff of Monaghan.  He was also an ardent unionist. He coined the name “Black Pig’s Dyke”  to unify disparate archaeological elements.

With all the talk about hard and soft borders, post-Brexit, an event in Monaghan town tonight may offer light relief. Or perhaps not. Its theme is the(...)

From left: Dr Sheila Donegan, co-founder of Maths Week, Margie McCarthy, head of Education and Public Engagement, Science Foundation Ireland, and Aislinn Bueno (11) from Scoil Chaoimhín Primary School, Marlborough Street, Dublin, at the launch of Maths Week 2018. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Maths is everywhere, and this year’s Maths Week (commencing on Saturday, October 13th) will encourage us all to become more comfortable with its every(...)

The 200th anniversary of the birth of William Rowan Hamilton, in 2005:  then minister for state Noel Treacey with TDs Joe Costello  and the late Tony Gregory and members of the Cabra Community Centre Project  on their way to Broombridge for the unveiling of a plaque.

The story of William Rowan Hamilton’s discovery of new four-dimensional numbers called quaternions is familiar. The solution of a problem that had bot(...)

An undated portrait of German mathematician Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866). Riemann established the foundations of modern differential geometry and, in 1859, formulated the hypothesis that bears his name.  Photograph: Bettmann/Getty Images

A major mathematical result has been announced by British-Lebanese mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah. In a talk at the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum in(...)

Angela Clarke composed a number of songs, and this one, Hoist the Flag, was written in Dublin after the Rising.

A long forgotten 1916 song, one of only a couple known to have been composed by a woman at the time, was performed in Clarke Square in the National Mu(...)

Charles Darwin was 40 by the time he was ready to publish ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’. Photograph: Richard Milner Archive

From which generation do the best ideas come from: the young or the old? Are older people more innovative or do younger generations lay claim to this (...)

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