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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Wednesday 22 February 2012
He had two continents named after himself and thrilled Europe with the salacious tales of what he saw there. But, 500 years on, can we trust Amerigo Vespucci's accounts? Peter Popham discovers the full story
Friday 03 February 2012
Graham Reynolds is the quintessential modern composer, able to turn his hand to anything from rock to ballet to movie scores to jazz.
Friday 27 January 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
Thursday 19 January 2012
If there was a theme to Festival of the Spoken Nerd's mix of science and comedy tonight then it was pyrotechnics. From a tale of homemade napalm to a demonstration of a standing wave flame tube there were flashes and bangs aplenty, if no explosive end result.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
ICT in England's schools is a "mess" and must be radically revamped to prepare pupils for the future, Michael Gove has said.
Sunday 08 January 2012
Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books
Tuesday 20 December 2011
"It's not overlong, it's value for money!" exclaimed Robin Ince at the end of the second night of his third series of seasonal rationalist jamborees, celebrations that are akin to the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures with jingle bells on.
Monday 29 August 2011
Saturday 27 August 2011
Nostalgia for a return to the Victorian era is usually prompted by a desire to regain the discipline of a less liberal and cosseted period and a more rigorous and stricter education system.
Friday 26 August 2011
Few groups have the musical courage of The Roots. Philadelphia's favourite hip-hop sons approach a genre overrun with blandness and imitation, with the intelligence and precision of a mathematician, combined with an alchemist's passion for experimentation. What other group, regardless of genre, would not only employ a full-time sousaphone player but start their show with a solo from him? It's hard to imagine anyone else having the nerve, much less the talent, to make it work.
Friday 19 August 2011
Countering the bad news about the continuing decline of traditional modern languages is this year's sharp rise in the number of those taking maths and the sciences. These subjects have seen a 6 per cent increase or more in entries – significantly more in the case of chemistry. As for university applications, physics is back in the top 10 subjects for the first time in almost 10 years.
Sunday 07 August 2011
Look away now, all of you who thought that SMOG was an acronym for a society of geeks called the Secret Masters of Gaming.
Wednesday 06 July 2011
Dr Dee, Palace Theatre, Manchester<br/>The Crash of the Elysium, MediaCity UK, Salford<br/>Biophilia, Campfield Market Hall, Manchester
Sunday 03 July 2011
Friday 01 July 2011
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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