As one of those who lobbied for Alan Turing to be given a posthumous pardon for the ‘crime’ of being a homosexual, I am delighted that the Bank of England has announced that he will soon be given pride of place on the new £50 note.
Roger Highfield is the Director of Science for the Science Museum Group
We now know the next £50 note will be adorned by the mathematician, computer scientist, and cryptanalyst Alan Turing but there were many leading contenders for the honour, such as Stephen Hawking, Srinivasa Ramanujan and Dorothy Hodgkin.
An unexpected link between the complexity of storms on the Sun and solar activity has been revealed by a citizen science experiment which could help improve forecasting of potentially devastating space weather on Earth.
Louise Brown was conceived 40 years ago this month, launching a revolution in reproductive medicine that has seen millions of test tube babies born worldwide.
One of the most pressing questions of today’s 24/7, sleep-deprived, high-pressure society is: if I am so stressed that I am not getting enough slumber, is it going to make me dumber?