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The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667.

A microhistory offers new insights into the creation of the Royal Society amid the intellectual brilliance of Restoration England.

Tesla

Child genius, engineer, inventor and physicist, Nikola Tesla died on 7 January 1943.

The Antikythera mechanism

Since its surprising discovery on the Aegean seabed over a century ago, the Antikythera mechanism has intrigued astrologers, classicists and historians of science. 

The idea that the ancients believed in Antipodean lands to balance  the globe is a modern invention – and wrong. 

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a revolution in Chinese forensic science, when traditional techniques were replaced by new methods from the West. Today, the world confronts another moment of transformation in forensic science.

The news pioneer was born on July 21st, 1816.

Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was published on May 11th, 1916.

A creature, part human, part machine, was born of a desire to end the tragedy and waste of the Great War. 

Down to Earth: Comet over Nuremberg, 1680, by Johann Jakob von Sandrart

Halley’s Comet will not be visible again until 2061. But how did scientists discover how to accurately predict its return?