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Scientists are a famously anonymous lot, but few can match in the depths of her perverse and unmerited obscurity the 20th-century mathematical genius Emmy Noether.

Albert Einstein's diaries reveal starkly racist sentiments well into middle age. The BBC reports that he disliked China most of all: "industrious, filthy, obtuse people" about whom "it would be a pity if [they] supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary." On Egyptians: "Levantines of every shade...

Breakthroughs in physics sometimes require an assist from the field of mathematics-and vice versa.

Una premessa: pare essere una solenne bufala che Einstein pronunciò la frase "se un giorno le api dovessero scomparire, all'uomo resterebbero soltanto quattro anni di vita". Resta il fatto che se le api venissero a mancare, per l'uomo e non solo per lui sarebbero davvero cavoli amari. Già adesso in alcune zone d'Europa le popolazioni

Marcus du Sautoy: A physicist has formulated a mathematical theory that purports to explain why the universe works the way it does - and it feels like 'the answer'