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EDITOR'S CHOICE

The founding father of nuclear physics was awarded the highest honour on December 10th, 1908.

This month Nick Poyntz examines the rapid rise of blogging among both professional historians and amateur enthusiasts.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

Nick Poyntz looks at the ways in which the ubiquitous search engine is changing the nature of historical research.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

To conclude his series on the opportunities offered to historians by new technology, Nick Poyntz looks at how recent developments may help to bridge the gap between academic and public history.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

Nick Poyntz looks at the ways in which mobile phone 'apps' can bring historical insight to our everyday environment.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Though they originated in China, it was in the capitals of early modern Europe that fireworks flourished. They united art and science in awesome displays of poltical might, as Simon Werrett explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

Shortly before his death, Hyman Frankel, the last surviving member of the team whose work led to the development of the atom bomb, talked to Maureen Paton about why he decided not to join the Manhattan Project.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Few events in history have proved as momentous as Galileo's discovery of the moons of Jupiter. David Wootton explains why.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Patricia Fara charts the rise in popularity of the history of science.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Medieval scholars were the first to make the connection between maths and science and anticipated the discovery of inertia long before Newton. So why have their discoveries been forgotten, asks James Hannam.

Volume: 60 Issue: 1 2010

Patricia Fara explores the scientific education of Mary Shelley and how a work of early science fiction inspired her best-known novel Frankenstein.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

The Royal Society was founded in 1660 to promote scientific research. Through a process of trial and error, this completely new kind of institution slowly discovered how its ambitions might be achieved – often in ways unforeseen by its founders, writes Michael Hunter.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

John Etty shows the vital importance of aviation in the Stalinist Soviet Union.

Issue: 67 2010

In 1969 men set foot on the Moon for the first time. The Apollo space programme that put them there was the product of an age of optimism and daring very different from our own, argues André Balogh.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

The conflict between supporters of Darwin’s theory of evolution and Creationists is often portrayed as the latest skirmish in an age-old struggle between science and religion. It is anything but, claims Thomas Dixon, who argues that Creationism, and its pseudo-scientific offspring, ‘Intelligent Design’, are products peculiar to US history, the response of Christian fundamentalists to the Founding Fathers' separation of church and state.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Military concerns drove the development of nuclear weapons. But a by-product of this huge deployment of scientific resources by the US and the UK was an upsurge in biological research leading to a new age of regenerative medicine. Alison Kraft discusses the history of stem cell biology.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

Patricia Fara recounts the moving story of a gifted contemporary of Isaac Newton who came to symbolise the frustrations of generations of female scientists denied the chance to fulfil their talents.

Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009
Volume: 60 Issue: 1 2009

The natural philosopher and scientist Robert Boyle was revered in his time for his pioneering enquiry into a wide range of natural phenomena.Yet within half a century of his death he was almost forgotten, overshadowed by his contemporary Isaac Newton. Michael Hunter explains why.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

In 1926 Umberto Nobile, a young Italian airship engineer, became a hero of Mussolini’s Fascist state when he piloted Roald Amundsen’s Norge over the North Pole. But his subsequent attempt to make the journey on behalf of his own country ended in tragedy. Irene Peroni tells his story.

Volume: 59 Issue: 6 2009

Richard Cavendish explains how, on September 12th, 1959, the Soviet Union launched Luna 2, the first spacecraft to successfully reach the Moon.

Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009

In 1706 a little-known mathematics teacher William Jones first used a symbol to represent the platonic concept of pi, an ideal that in numerical terms can be approached, but never reached. Patricia Rothman discusses Jones’s significance among his contemporaries and the unique archive that forms his legacy.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

The founding father of nuclear physics was awarded the highest honour on December 10th, 1908.

Volume: 58 Issue: 12 2008

Glen Jeansonne and David Luhrssen describe how the pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh was increasingly disturbed by the tension between technology and its impact on the environment. In his later career, in the 1960s, Lindbergh became a spokesman for the embryonic environmental movement as they describe here.

Volume: 58 Issue: 1 2008

John Logie Baird gave the first demonstration of a colour television transmission on July 3rd, 1928.

Volume: 58 Issue 7 2008
Historians have long argued whether the years 1500-1700 saw a revolutionary change in the art and organization of war. Jeremy Black reports.
2008

Nick Pelling suggests that credit should go not to the Netherlands but much further south to Catalonia.

Volume: 58 Issue: 10 2008

Nick Cullather explains how the scientific discovery of the calorie meant food values could be quantified – and the US could make food an instrument of foreign policy.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007

Kevin Desmond looks for records of a little-known French inventor who rivalled Thomas Edison.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

Robert Fulton's North River Steam Boat (later named the Clermont) made a trial run up the Hudson from New York to Albany on August 17th, 1807.

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

Richard Cavendish describes the motor race to Paris which set off from Beijing on June 10th, 1907.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

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