What is Love?

Sometimes love is only recognised when something leaves. And in the feeling of loss, the emotional tumult becomes manifest in some undefinable ache. Something in your chest that once was,  now  is not. Other times it is something that fills you, that breaks apart the worries of life and focuses everything into the space between…

5 Quotes that make Carl Sagan Unforgettable

If you haven’t heard of Carl Sagan then you are missing out. Not only was the renowned astrophysicist a pioneering scientist, but a leader in the field of public science communication. And personally, one of the greatest people to have ever lived. Without him, it is unlikely that many of us would know much about…

Ten Incredible Pearls of Wisdom From Great Minds

The world can be a confusing place, but academics, authors, artists, poets and philosophers are just some of the many who have tried to explain things. In my wanderings through scientific texts, popular non-fiction and and documentaries, there have been a few stand out comments. Whether it be Malcolm Gladwell’s keen insight into human nature,…

Happy Birthday! Another Maths Paradox To Test Your Mind

Continuing on our theme of head-breaking maths, I’d like to present another example of probability gone wrong. For this experiment, we’re going to need to gather twenty two of your friends at random. Hold a party in your kitchen (or any way you can snugly fit twenty three people). Well done Mr Popular, but did…

Ever Wonder Why Humans Are So Clever? Scientists Hone In On Special Genes

There is no doubt that humans are the smartest creatures on the planet. But for the longest time it has been unclear just how exactly we made the jump from simple creatures to ones capable of mathematics, ethical debate and invention. But now scientists may have begun to unravel the mystery, discovering that three similar…

How Good Are You At Simple Maths? Maybe Not As Good As You Think.

Mathematics is not always as simple as two and two making four. Some particular problems are so counter-intuitive that they’ll make your head spin. And we aren’t talking about quantum physics or binomial equations, we are talking about simple fractions. Something you would have learned in Primary School. The most famous of these is the…