January is something of a bumper month for notable birthdays, with two great English physicists born this month – Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. The former climbed to the zenith of classical physics while the latter achieved fame investigating the origins of the cosmos and extending Roger Penrose’s theorem of a space-time singularity in the […]
In terms of significant dates in the history of science, 8 January definitely deserves a mention. On that day in 1642, the mould-breaking astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, near Florence in Italy. Exactly 300 years after Galileo’s death, another brilliant physicist was born in a different centre of learning – Oxford England. […]
Science itself can be spooky enough, yet millions of people believe in ghosts: a 2005 Gallup poll found that over a third of Americans reckon houses can be haunted, while some 32 per cent believed specifically in ghosts. More recently, a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll indicated that 45 per cent thought ghosts exist. According to some, a […]
A host of famous scientific names celebrate their birthdays during Spring including radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, ‘father of the atomic bomb’ J Robert Oppenheimer, and molecular biologist James Watson, who discovered the structure of the DNA double helix along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.