Looking back through history, people have always wanted to explain how the world works, but they haven't always used scientific theories. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle didn't carry out experiments, but he did try to describe and explain the natural world. After alchemy in the Dark Ages, a more reason-based approach to empirical knowledge was taken by natural philosophers such as Boyle, Newton and Galileo. William Whewell coined the word 'scientist' relatively recently in 1833.
With processed food being linked to cancer, global headlines are once again questioning the health consequences of convenience foods. Nicola Temple, author of the new book Best Before, offers some often overlooked context for the food we love to hate.
As Frankenstein’s Monster turns 200 years old, Kathryn Harkup, author of the new book Making the Monster looks back at the science experiments that might have inspired the story.