For an experienced mathematician, the greatest equations are beautiful as well as useful, says Cal Flyn. Can the rest of us see what they see?
Andrew Copson warns that it’s a dangerous folly to believe that the values of tolerance and equality are exclusively Christian in origin.
Sexual violence against women has become a staple of mainstream entertainment. Sally Feldman warns that it’s a worrying trend.
Today we take it for granted that something called “nature” exists, says Jonathan Rée. But the concept owes much to a Prussian adventurer.
Today, the concept of human rights is being dangerously undermined, says Lyndsey Stonebridge. Does literature offer us a way back from the brink?
We might not realise it, writes Owen Hatherley, but our image of modern Britain owes a debt to the propaganda arm of empire.
People have kept diaries for centuries – and now they’re being reinvented for the era of social media. Caroline Crampton asks what purpose they serve.
A new generation of female singers are rejecting patriotic tub-thumping and documenting the dark heart of rural America, writes Alex Macpherson.
In our uncertain times, there is a new demand for stories of England – but, writes Niki Seth-Smith this search is desperate and confused.
Grayson Perry uses craft forms to signify his authenticity. But is he really so different from the rest, asks Huw Lemmey?