Human Chain
By Jeremy Noel-Tod - 13 September 8:25

In Sense and Sensibility, the favourite poet of passionate young Marianne Dashwood is William Cowper. His "beautiful lines", she declares, have "frequently almost driven me wild".

I'm game if you are
By Michael Brooks - 09 September 8:15

Pairing people off can have some nasty and unexpected side effects. Occasionally, it works: Torvill and Dean spring to mind, as do Crick and Watson.

Matt Ridley on John Gray
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 08 September 18:50

Former Northern Rock chairman responds to the NS's lead book reviewer.

What if . . . The Liberals hadn't split
By Dominic Sandbrook - 07 September 8:56

Reading a review copy of Roy Hattersley's new life of David Lloyd George last week, I fell to wondering whether history could have worked out differently.

Laurie Penny on The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo: Girls, tattoos and men who hate women
By Laurie Penny - 05 September 11:47

The real problem with sensationalising misogyny is that misogyny is not sensational.

The social democracy of fear
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 September 13:12

John Gray on Ralph Miliband.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 03 September 10:16

My iPhone broke, so I went to the Genius Bar at the Apple store. (Too much brand terminology; my apologies.) They're not shy, Apple, are they?

There’s nowt so queer as folk revivalists
By Will Self - 30 August 11:07

Broadstairs, the Isle of Thanet, a frowsty sort of an evening in early August, with shadows forming within shadows down the high street - a run of chip shops, chain stores and charity shops that steepens into a ski jump, which

By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 August 11:03

Decisiveness is generally well regarded, as character traits go. It denotes maturity and leadership.

Who was Ralph Miliband?
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 30 August 9:55

Ed and David Miliband's father is remembered as a great teacher, devoted to politics as a means of creating social justice, instrumental to the development of the British left.

Something in the water
By Michael Brooks - 26 August 8:21

The astronomer Arthur Eddington once pointed out that where most people see a coffee table, physicists see an area of empty space criss-crossed by ghostly subatomic particles whose electrical and magnetic fields keep books and

By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 August 12:54

Don't mess with our Becks!

Unconditional income and republican freedom
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 16 August 12:08

Stuart White on "social democracy plus".

Persecution of the geeks
By Michael Barrett - 16 August 9:17

When a lad turned up at my comprehensive school in deepest Essex in the late 1970s and claimed a strong interest in mathematics, he was immediately nicknamed "Pillock" and remorselessly bullied until he moved on.

The genes don’t fit
By Oliver James - 16 August 9:12

It’s lazy to assume that our health and happiness are moulded more by genetic inheritance than by th

20 new ideas in science
By Michael Brooks - 16 August 9:04

Today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking: from switching off ageing to “enhancing” our babies;

Dog days
By Sophie Elmhirst - 13 August 9:26

We're in them. Right now. The dog days are all around us.

Down with the masters in lab coats
By Susan Greenfield - 13 August 9:20

It’s time male scientists stopped hogging all the power in experimentation, funding and research and

The NS Interview: Colin Blakemore
By Sophie Elmhirst - 13 August 9:17

“It’s touch and go whether we humans will outlive the century” - Colin Blakemore, neuroscientist

How to remember Tony Judt
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 10 August 11:07

The historian’s career shouldn’t be defined only by his views on Israel.

What if . . . the Confederacy had survived
By Dominic Sandbrook - 06 August 9:10

With his visit to the United States overshadowed by his slip about Anglo-American relations in 1940, David Cameron will doubtless be hoping that his second visit to the New World, which begins next week, will be rather more su

By Sophie Elmhirst - 06 August 9:08

They're serious aren't they, surveys? The British Antarctic Survey, the Ordnance Survey, the British Crime Survey, the GP Patient Survey.

Visions of the good society
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 03 August 18:40

Stuart White on left-wing political philosophy.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 July 10:01

Have you seen the adverts for the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience at Madame Tussauds?

What if . . . . . . the Romanovs had been exiled
By Dominic Sandbrook - 26 July 8:56

The message could hardly have been more explicit. "Events last week have deeply distressed me," George V wrote to his cousin Nicky in March 1917.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 23 July 9:59

All in all, this summer has been pretty amazing so far, hasn't it?

The Books Interview: Marshall Berman
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 19 July 9:01

Jonathan Derbyshire talks to the author of <em>All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: the Experience of Modernity.</em>

Not the messiah
By Alain de Botton - 19 July 9:01

The French sociologist Auguste Comte attempted to reconcile suspicion of religion with sympathy for

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We the Living
By John Gray - 19 July 9:00

Ayn Rand's laissez-faire tracts have enjoyed a revival in recent years – Alan Greenspan was an early devotee. Her thinking continues to influence all levels of US finance and politics.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 16 July 8:51

We're drowning in gaffes this summer: linesman gaffes at the World Cup; Michael Gove's gaffe about school-building; Tony Hayward's glittering