No contemporary portrait of Robert Hooke seems to have survived. This 2004 oil painting is based on descriptions during his lifetime.
Born on July 18, 1635, this polymath broke ground in fields ranging from pneumatics, microscopy, mechanics and astronomy to civil engineering and architecture.
Women played a role as both readers and authors in the history of science writing.
The early days of science writing were largely confined to men, with women treated to texts labelled "for the ladies". Things have changed, but more needs to be done.
We talk about artistic inspiration all the time – but science demands inspiration too.
Lise Meitner was left off the publication that eventually led to a Nobel Prize for her colleague.
Left off publications due to Nazi prejudice, this Jewish woman lost her rightful place in the scientific pantheon as the discoverer of nuclear fission.
Illustrations from the Nuremberg Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
Reports of demonic possession are once again on the rise. But during the devil’s last apogee in early modern Europe, demonic afflictions were taken seriously by both priests and physicians.
The crucial phase of our discovery of black holes took place in a suitably dark period of human history – World War II.
Apollo 8 was the moment that humanity realised a dream conceived in our cultural imagination over two millennia ago.
Astronomer Caroline Herschel portrayed assisting her more famous brother, William.
Uncovering forgotten history can help explain why science still has a masculine bias today.
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Yale University
Religion has helped science, as well as hindered it.
Mary Anning painting.
Fossil hunter Mary Anning didn't get the recognition she deserved during her lifetime. Now her home town wants to raise a statue in her honour.
An illustration of life in Aru Islands from The Malay Archipelago
Wallace, Alfred Russel via Wikimedia Commons
More than a thousand local people helped Alfred Russel Wallace in his eight year voyage collecting specimens of animals in the Malay archipelago.
Comet in the sky, 1340. Wellcome Collection
Science fiction has been around for centuries.
Weather towers like this one in a park in Vienna were a popular way for the 19th-century public to track the influence of weather on their lives.
Climate science in the computer age is the pursuit of elite scientists. A historian of science sees an upside to the popular, participatory approach of studying changes to the climate from the 19th century.
Scientific pursuits need to be coupled with a humanist tradition — to highlight not just how psychedelics work, but why that matters.
Once associated with mind-control experiments and counter-cultural defiance, psychedelics now show great promise for mental health treatments and may prompt a re-evaluation of the scientific method.
Some of the ‘remarkable beetles’ Wallace collected in Borneo.
A. R. Wallace
An evolutionary biologist visits the remote jungle mountaintop where a little-known naturalist wrote his insightful paper about the mechanisms of evolution that spurred on a rivalrous Charles Darwin.
The blood moon myths are many and varied, but, at the end of the day, it's just an eclipse.
Empires massively affected the development of science.
Cahiers de Science et Vie No114
This episode of the In Depth Out Loud podcast outlines the importance of finding a way to remove the inequalities promoted by modern science.
From human 'gills' to reproducing rock, evidence hasn't always pointed scientists in the right direction.
The spectacular Wellington Caves are a tourist attraction - and a fossil site.
The 19th-century British anatomist Richard Owen downplayed the role of colonial contributors and largely ignored the importance of Aboriginal testimony and knowledge in describing the marsupial lion.
Anti-cholera inoculation in Calcutta in 1894.
A long read on how science's dark imperial past still shapes research today – and what to do about it.