The Berlin Wall became a polarizing symbol of the great divide between ideologies of the East and West. Fifty years ago this June, Robert Kennedy delivered his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech as a response to that divide that was emerging...
Andrea Palladio - The Master of ArchitectureWhen tourists marvel at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the White House in Washington, or Tokyo’s Watari-um Contemporary Art Gallery they are acknowledging the design brilliance of Andrea Palladio, arguably the most influential architect of all time
The Sphinx of GizaThe Sphinx of Giza is one of the largest and most recognisable statues in the world. Standing 20 metres high and 72 metres long, the half-man, half-lion colossus of stone was sculpted 4,500 years ago but was almost lost beneath the desert sands of Egypt. This is the story of one of the wonders of the ancient world.
History of RubberThree hundred years ago, few people outside Latin America had heard of rubber. Today, the whole world depends on this springy wonder.
Forensics: Dead Desert SailorsIn the middle of the Taklimakan desert in china, archaeologists have excavated an amazing cemetery. Its inhabitants died around 4,000 years ago, yet their bodies are almost completely preserved. And they are buried in boats.
The history of workMost people today work a five-day week. But who decided that we should work all day – and that it was necessary to have a ‘job’?
Quick study: The Nobel Prize For more than 100 years, Nobel Prizes have rewarded humankind’s greatest successes in science and the arts. They have the power to transform scientists into celebrities, writers into legends of literature.