Politics
22 July 2002
I once surprised the staff of a Dordogne museum by seeking a copy of a street poster from the Napoleonic era, a hugely...
Books
04 March 2002
In a churchyard near Stoke-on-Trent lies the grave, overgrown with weeds until it was rescued in 1987, of the...
Food and Drink
27 August 2001
The paper-based learned periodical may have been serving science well for more than 300 years, but it is now under...
Books
19 March 2001
I see that a man called Mutke, who became a gynaecologist, is now claimed to have been the first to break the sound...
Books
11 December 2000
Cause of death: "Asphyxia from blocking of bronchi. Misadventure" (official death certificate), or "Poisoning by nerve...
Books
20 November 2000
A couple of years ago, at a dinner in Barcelona, I sat next to an American scientist called Stanley Miller. This was a...
Books
07 February 2000
How should we remember the 1990s? Well, as the decade of the sheep perhaps. Damien Hirst pickles one, prompting the...
Culture
12 July 1999
It is the privilege of historians, sporting and medical no less than conventionally academic, to choose their period...
Culture
26 April 1999
Giorgione painted La Vecchia around 1509, but how old was his model, or indeed Shakespeare's for the seventh rung of...