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

Good Idea: Urban jungles
By Alyssa McDonald - 16 July 8:48

Who doesn't like trees? Nobody. Everybody likes trees. But some people really, really like trees. The staff of the Woodland Trust, for example.

Interview: Christopher Hitchens
By George Eaton - 12 July 9:36

How is your campaign to have the Pope arrested progressing?