Fragments of other worlds

12 February 2019 by

Colin Pillinger CBE FRS (1943-2014) had a long and prestigious career as a planetary scientist. His work included analysing lunar…

Jailbirds

22 January 2019 by

One of my standing jokes at the Royal Society is that, one day, I’ll take a step back from lauding…

Meeting Sloane

15 January 2019 by

Would you like to know what Isaac Newton, President of the Royal Society, was doing on 23 May 1705, or…

Retro radiography

27 November 2018 by

When Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the new ‘X-ray’ in 1895, James Mackenzie Davidson was quick to realise the opportunities that it afforded….