History of Science

09 April 2017

In the 1940s and 1950s, more than 40,000 “lobotomies” were performed in the USA alone. Doctors essentially removed the...

01 June 2016

How the Nazis were stopped from obtaining "heavy water", an ingredient key in making an atomic bomb.

28 November 2010

Of all the slang names for the British, none is more iconic than 'Limey'. While the the term provokes...

10 October 2010

The tale of antiquity's greatest mathematician, Archimedes, leaping from his bath and bustling naked through the...

15 December 2009

It is the stuff of nightmares - a society so wound up in the legal system that no-one is allowed to tell you the truth...

15 June 2009

Sure, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and has received a number of other honours, but has Sir Tim Berners-Lee yet...

16 July 2008

Simpsons fans will know only too well the opening sequence to the cartoon in which Homer discovers, during his commute...

21 February 2008

When the clipper ship Southern Cross sailed into a living hell off Chile during the night of 2 September 1859, little...

27 November 2007

The Pythia, the prophetess at the Oracle of Delphi, was said to be able to communicate with Apollo by going into a...

06 November 2007

Ask anyone who made the world’s best violins and they’ll inevitably answer "Stradivari". But science is...