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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.

Julian Bigelow

Computer engineer

Ariel Rubinstein: The logic of beauty is all in this mind

From a speech by the Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University, given at the London School of Economics

Mahesh Reddy: It takes imagination to be an engineer

From a speech by the Boeing aerospace engineer to a Nasa conference in California

Sanctions to follow eligibility inquiry

International Board prepare to take a hard line over 'grannygate'

The unfinished symmetry

Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis (Faber & Faber, £9.99, 209pp)

Education Letter: Make teaching attractive

Maureen O'Connor identifies many of the reasons why fewer graduates are attracted to teaching. ("Where have all the teachers gone?" EDUCATION, 2 December).

Mathematical Notes: Zero tolerance and Saracen magic

MATHEMATICIANS HAVE kept the secret to themselves for too long. Theirs is the most beautiful of the arts, and the most accessible, yet bad teaching has made it seem boring at best and more often frightening. How many of us still break out in a cold sweat at the mere sight of an equation?

Leading Article: Ask a silly question

THE ORGANISERS of the National Identity Zone for the Millennium Dome at Greenwich had a problem: precisely what in the world is our British identity? Inevitably, they sought to answer it in typical Nineties fashion - by consulting a focus group. The twist is that their focus group was a rather large one, consisting of 30,000 people. These monitors of our times were asked to name a "person or a thing" which, in their considered view, represented Britishness.

Letter: Role model

Sir: As a mathematician, I applaud David Blunkett's new initiative - using the example of the Bletchley Park codebreakers to motivate school pupils in their mathematical studies, by showing them how mathematical ideas can have the power to change history. I also share Mr Blunkett's evident regard for Alan Turing and his work at Bletchley.

Net Gains: Mad math comics/cc27.html

There are three kinds of mathematicians: those who can count and those who can't. All kinds of sub-cultures flourish on the Web and the world of maths humour is one of its odder blooms.

Education: Working it out together

If children are taught simple numbers while they are in their high chairs, their school maths benefits.

Award for biography of mathematician bigrap

A BIOGRAPHY of a charismatic and eccentric mathematician who lived out of two suitcases for much of his life has won the most prestigious prize in science book publishing.

Enigma code breakers' centre to be a computer theme park

THE CRYPTOLOGISTS who pored over Nazi Enigma codes there may blanch at the prospect but Bletchley Park, the government intelligence centre where their work is said to have shortened the Second World War, seems likely to become a computer technology theme park.

The secret of genius is very hard work

Mathematical Notes
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam