The obsession with gifted children is an ancient one, but it took on new life in the 20th century.
Science & Technology
Electric cars seem to offer a solution to the problem of the internal combustion engine. But technological advances have other consequences.
Christiaan Huygens has been long overshadowed by Isaac Newton. But he is the better example of a modern scientist.
The long and complicated history of why there are 360 degrees in a circle.
The slippery subject of eel reproduction evaded human understanding for millennia.
Overshadowed between two dramatic missions, the success of Apollo 12 was vital to the continuing space project.
The work of Elizabeth Fulhame made huge leaps in science, despite the obstacles she faced as a woman.
The pursuit of astronomical study led a Victorian woman from Surrey to the Indian foothills.
The father of modern optics could not have succeeded had he not feigned madness.
Problems with public transport are almost as old as New York itself. One proposed solution was nothing but hot air.