Where in the world? The mathematics of navigation
In the eighteenth century sailors died without mathematics. For thousands of seafarers their lives depended on safe navigation at sea. Where in the world were you? The answer lay in the stars—and in mathematics.
Mathematics and aviation: the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’
Without mathematics the dream of flight for the masses would have come crashing down to Earth.
How does the economy work?
How a machine controlling the flow of water could model the economy
Florence Nightingale: the pioneer statistician
A revolutionary diagram which changed the presentation of statistics from tables to graphs
Modelling the oceans
How scientists developed an understanding of the intricate interplay between gravity, weather and the shape of the oceans to better predict storm surges
The power of computers
It is hard to imagine a world without computers, they are found in every part of our lives. It seems as if they can do anything—but how did we get to this?
Marvellous machines: early robots
Science Fiction and Robots
The world runs on time
How the railways synchronised our lives
The political power of a phone call
How the telephone helped to uphold human rights and freedom
Satellites bring the world into the living room
In 1967, the BBC used satellites to broadcast live images to millions of viewers worldwide
A computer in your pocket
Our phones have become versatile computing devices that most of us can't imagine life without.
Television’s breakthrough moment
Watching historical moments unfold on television is a routine part of modern life—but one royal celebration in particular cemented the TV set's place in our living rooms.
From calculation to communication: inventing the internet
In the 1970s, scientists and engineers imagined a world where information could be exchanged worldwide in the blink of an eye—and used their ingenuity to make it a reality.