Where does new life come from? According to one theory that held sway until the 18th century, it’s all been there from the very beginning.
How ancient was ancient Egypt? How old is the world? And what happens when archaeology contradicts the Bible? When the Dendera Zodiac arrived in Paris, these questions exploded into the public sphere.
Eminent doctors and notorious charlatans vied for sick patients to treat in the cut-throat medical marketplace of Georgian England.
John Hutchinson and Isaac Newton were both devout scholars who believed that the natural world and God were inextricably linked. The similarities ended there.
The debate over whether nature or nurture guides who we are is as dependent on politics and ideology as it is on scientific research.
The Antikythera Mechanism is ingenious, intricate and highly sophisticated. But what is it?
Is lightning natural or divine? Opinion split royalists and republicans.
The Water-Babies was a fairytale that straddled religion and science, railing against logical rationality in the face of nature’s mysteries.
What does it take to establish a new scientific truth? In the case of heliocentrism, the death of its sceptics.
The railway revolutionised Victorian Britain, but were its trains on the right track? It was difficult to gauge.