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  • Galileo’s damage control

    Galileo’s damage control

    The scientist considered prudence the better part of valour while dealing with Papal orthodoxy.

    September 26, 2018
  • Into the mind of God

    Into the mind of God

    A week after his demise at the age of 76, here’s the foreword to Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, written by another celebrated astronomer.

    March 21, 2018
  • Remembering the Count

    Remembering the Count

    Benjamin Thompson, who fled the US and became a Bavarian Count, did important work on the mechanical equivalent of heat. Thompson was born in 1773 in a small town in Massachusetts. He went to the village school but often visited the Harvard College in Cambridge, nearby, to attend lectures, was fascinated by perpetual motion machines …

    January 10, 2018
  • Staying together without being led

    Staying together without being led

    A well-known instance is the collective behaviour, which is seen in groups of insects, birds, fish, and even bacteria. While there are no indicators that individual members of the groups are aware or conscious of more than a few neighbours, the whole group selforganises with coordination and cohesiveness, as if enclosed in an envelope, or …

    May 2, 2017