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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.

That figures: Professor who had to work at Subway dazzles world of maths after solving centuries-old prime number riddle

Virtually unknown mathematician Dr Yitang "Tom" Zhang to publish 'landmark' paper on theorem

Leonhard Euler - Swiss mathematician considered one of the greatest of all time - honoured by Google Doodle

Euler is known for his work in fluid dynamics, optics and astronomy

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Apollo Theatre, London

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Apollo Theatre, London

The rave reviews and whispers on 'the new Warhorse' are well-placed

The ALMA Observatory was officially unveiled in the San Pedro de Atacama

Science fiction becomes science reality as Chile unveils $1.4bn ALMA telescope

Science fiction became science reality today when a giant telescope imagined in a novel by one of Britain's greatest astronomers 40 years ago was officially unveiled high in the Andes mountains of Chile.

Margareta Pagano: Going ga ga over the blah blah and goo goo at Yahoo

You would think that Marissa Mayer, who runs Yahoo, had burnt her baby and the entire sisterhood at the stake for all the vitriol she's received after suggesting that staff get back into the office.

Education Secretary Michael Gove says he has concluded that there is a

AS-level reform 'could jeopardise university access'

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has told MPs he hopes reform of A and AS-levels will encourage “deep thinking” among students.

Harvey Milk at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978

Aviation: Why flying into Milk isn't as unlikely as it sounds

Destination: Milk International. This week plans were announced to rename San Francisco's airport after the gay rights activist and politician, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978 while serving as a city supervisor.

Fifty years on, Alan Garner concludes Weirdstone trilogy

Professor Colin Whisterfield, now a deeply troubled astrophysicist at the nearby Jodrell Bank radio telescope observatory, combs the cosmos looking for Susan, who disappeared at the end of "The Moon of Gomrath".

After Such Kindness, By Gaynor Arnold

The 'Girl in a Blue Dress' author turns her attention from Dickens to Lewis Carroll, and treads carefully but deliberately into 'Lolita' territory

First night: Dr Dee, English National Opera, London

Albarn's divisive tale of an Elizabethan mathematician just doesn't add up

100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Sport, by John D Barrow

It is no longer considered smart to claim: "Oh, I'm hopeless at maths," but that doesn't mean most of us are much good at it. So certain chapters in this book, written by a professor of mathematical sciences, are a distinct challenge for those of us who haven't attempted to unravel an equation for years.

DR MARTIN COWARD: Founded the Ikos hedge fund with his Greek-born wife Elena Ambrosiadou

'Amicable divorce'? Tycoon couple Dr Martin Coward and Elena Ambrosiadou show Greeks how millionaires do it...

While thousands of impoverished people in the crisis-hit countries of Europe have been marching in opposition to more spending cutbacks and austerity measures, rather different scenes will soon be played out in an Athens courtroom.

Keys to the future: An Enigma machine at Bletchley Park

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins Of The Digital Universe, By George Dyson

Who invented the computer? This turns out to be a far more complicated question than you might imagine. There is no doubt that it was mathematicians who first conceived of a universally programmable machine, but which mathematicians?

Boyd Tonkin: This leap is anything but child's play

Modern publishing history abounds with "adult" writers who try their hand at books for younger readers, right across the spectrum from Salman Rushdie to Katie Price. Traffic in the other direction is far more risky and irregular.

Amerigo Vespucci was born in 1454

Paradise Lust: Jury still out on man who gave his name to America

Amerigo Vespucci remains a complex figure. By Peter Popham

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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