Johanes Kepler, who was born on 27 December 1771, was born near Stuttgart and made his foray into astronomy after he worked as a maths teacher in Graz, Austria - where he became an associate of Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg.
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Monday 23 December 2013
He was the father of modern computing whose work on the Enigma code at Bletchley Park is said to have shortened the Second World War.
Monday 23 December 2013
The Beatles drummer will guest star in a 15th anniversary special next month
Friday 20 September 2013
As a historian of 18th-century London, it would be too predictable to choose Samuel Johnson's great Dictionary of 1775 as my choice for a book with enduring impact. There is no doubt that Johnson's work had a pivotal role in defining our modern language, but in terms of cultural significance, there's another book which is almost equally important: Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia.
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Foucault pendulum is a simple device introduced in 1851 to confirm that the earth rotated
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Cheltenham listening post is setting an online challenge to find the next generation of codebreakers
Monday 19 August 2013
Yet another dubious equation – describing a recipe for a beloved late-night snack – has left some mathematicians unimpressed
World Championships 2013: No medal for 'new Ennis,' but Katarina Johnson-Thompson shows she is here to stay
Tuesday 13 August 2013
After missing bronze by just 28 points, she has a bright future to come
When Björk Met Attenborough: The Icelandic punk, the national treasure and a display of rather remarkable human behaviour
Friday 26 July 2013
Ahead of the airing of a documentary made with the acclaimed naturalist, the eccentric musician tells Sarah Morrison how the pair found common ground in each other's fields
Saturday 20 July 2013
The Government says it will not oppose a parliamentary bill that would quash the 1952 'gross indecency' conviction
Friday 19 July 2013
Model used to calculate triennial rankings contains 'profound' error, says mathematician
Thursday 18 July 2013
Mathematicians analysed the possibility that probes could travel through space in a study published in the Journal of Astrobiology
Monday 15 July 2013
Anderson’s precision with the ball was staggering
Friday 12 July 2013
We carried a selection and you responded in kind - here are our favourite 25
Thursday 04 July 2013
All pupils should have compulsory maths lessons up until the age of 18 - even if they have a top GCSE grade in the subject, says a report out today.
Wednesday 29 May 2013
In recent times, academics tend to be valued, judged and honoured by their research achievements and the number and quality of papers they have had published in learned journals. Great teachers have not been appreciated, as they once were.
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