Mathematics is the language of the universe.
In the absence of mathematical explanations, the universe would be irrational rather than unpredictable.
The English astronomer and navigator Thomas Harriot died in 1621, leaving behind 8,000 pages of notes containing a trove of unpublished scientific discoveries.
The beginnings of measuring fever go back more than 400 years.
As the Earth orbits the Sun, the Sun appears to move through the ancient constellations of the zodiac.
Astronomy and astrology do not agree on the dates of the zodiac constellations.
With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering Cassini from the Sun’s blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before.
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Although the rings of Saturn may look like a permanent fixture of the planet, they are ever-changing. New analyses of the rings reveal how and when they were made, from what and whether they’ll last.
Cloud Gate, 2004. Stainless steel, 1,006 x 2,012 x 1,280 cm.
Anish Kapoor made “Cloud Gate”, a giant bean-shaped mirror in Chicago. Visitors play with the light in the city and its surroundings, where our future lays.
British space firms would get a shot in the arm from building a new GPS-style system if the UK is shut out of the EU’s programme.
What does it mean for a pope to apologize?
AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Popes are not infallible, yet apologies are rare.
This illustration shows Cassini diving through geyser plumes on Saturn’s the ocean world
moon of Enceladus.
Earth is a relatively dry planet compared to some of the other ocean worlds in our Solar system. Life needs water so what about life on these other places?
Galileo demonstrates a telescope to the doge of Venice.
People have always known science would advance faster with various incentives and rewards. As modern experimental science took off, these took the form of gifts and favors to and from wealthy elites.
Galileo was right, but that doesn’t mean his fans are.
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One Nation Senator-elect Malcolm Roberts lauds Galileo as a hero who turned scientific consensus on its head. But the ‘Galileo gambit’ is just one weapon in the climate conspiracists’ arsenal.
Galileo’s sketches of the moon, showing its phases.
We take our understanding of the solar system for granted, but it took centuries to figure out. The original writings of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo and others show how they sparked a revolution.
Galileo Galilei was imprisoned for his ‘heretical’ views.
The ‘No Platform’ campaign from the National Union of Students is stifling debate on university campuses.
What mysteries lie beneath your icy crust, Europa?
NASA has now formally started to pack its bags for the next big discovery mission, this time heading to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. Last month NASA announced the instruments that will fly on this trip and…
The innermost of Jupiter’s moons has been mapped, showing a highly volatile volcanic surface. Discovered by Galileo over…