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.
Tuesday 10 December 2013
The old system was familiar, the modern one somewhat more intimidating
Sunday 13 October 2013
Reading a well-written popular science book is one of the great pleasures of modern times, and this guided tour through life, the universe, and everything affords that pleasure in abundance. Marcus Chown takes us by the hand and leads us through the labyrinthine mysteries of the origins of life, evolution, the cells of the body, the brain-boggling brain, electricity (I’ve never understood what that stuff is; I still don’t, but my ignorance is now better-defined), the crazy truths of quantum theory, gravity, time, stars, and black holes. You can get drunk on the sheer strangeness of the theories – for instance, you have an infinite number of doppelgangers, and the nearest one is 10^10^28 metres away. And we may all be holograms.
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
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
Saturday 10 August 2013
1. Pope Francis.
Thursday 18 July 2013
Mathematicians analysed the possibility that probes could travel through space in a study published in the Journal of Astrobiology
Sunday 14 July 2013
Tom Lehrer's spring isn't complete without poisoning them in the park; Dick Dastardly dratted and double-dratted himself to near-oblivion chasing one. For the rest of us, it's become all too easy to vilify them as "rats with wings".
Friday 12 July 2013
We carried a selection and you responded in kind - here are our favourite 25
Thursday 23 May 2013
The horse is part owned by Sir Alex Ferguson
Tuesday 14 May 2013
Top trainer suffering a Group One drought hopes Oaks fancy can shine in York rehearsal
Leonhard Euler - Swiss mathematician considered one of the greatest of all time - honoured by Google Doodle
Monday 15 April 2013
Euler is known for his work in fluid dynamics, optics and astronomy
Saturday 01 December 2012
The 'discovery' of the Higgs boson is a great event – but an anticlimax for lovers of the chase
Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Ronald Wayne decided to get out just two weeks after Apple was registered for business'
Saturday 24 November 2012
Who knew that Apple – the technology firm, not the record label – had its very own fifth Beatle? The Stu Sutcliffe to Steve Jobs's Lennon and Steve Wozniak's McCartney is Ronald Wayne, now 78 and living alone in a bungalow in Nevada from where he supplements his social security payments by selling stamps and old coins.
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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