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…

Above the clouds

29 October 2019 by

A recent enquiry led me to our Manuscripts General series for a volume I was unfamiliar with: MS/626, the ‘Tenerife…

Spectral lights

16 April 2019 by

When we think about the work done by scientists of the past, we probably don’t consider their everyday lives while…

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…

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…