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…

Automata to AI

11 December 2018 by

One of the more unusual images in the Royal Society’s archives depicts two human musicians and a gold duck. This…

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….