A Parthenope in the sky

5 November 2019 by

The year 2019 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Annibale de Gasparis, Italian astronomer and mathematician, Director of the…

Mantell’s bones

30 April 2019 by

The drawing looks like a jumble of bones. It’s an animal, a vertebrate, and we might now guess a dinosaur,…

Tycho analysis

2 April 2019 by

Of all the portraits adorning the walls of the Royal Society’s home in Carlton House Terrace, this one is possibly…

A face from the archives

16 October 2018 by

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791) is not one of the most high-profile past Fellows of the Royal Society. To the…