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Farr’s English Life Table, 1864. © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

When are you going to die? This isn’t a question any of us know the answer to. But it’s one that has preoccupied politicians, philosophers, scientists and engineers for centuries. A week ago the Science Museum hosted a special TEDxLondon event on ‘the end of ageing’. Guest-curated by high-altitude physician and entrepreneur Dr Jack Kriendler, speakers tackled issues of life, death and ageing from a myriad of perspectives: biology, moral philosophy, science fiction, art and digital technology. The discussion challenged […]

Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aircraft, built to compete in Daniel Guggenheim’s Safe Aircraft Competition, 1929.

Hanging at the centre of Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’, an experimental aeroplane built in 1929. Curator David Rooney explores the story of this eloquent, striking and powerful embodiment of the mathematics of risk.

The Mayor of London and Mrs Khan meeting HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Evening Standard’s tenth celebration of London’s most influential people – the Progress 1000 – took place at the Science Museum last night, attended by a glittering array of partygoers including HRH The Prince of Wales, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dame Ann Dowling and Mercury Prize winner, Benjamin Clementine. The focus of the celebrations of the Standard’s top 1000 Londoners – which includes Science Museum director Ian Blatchford and Director of […]

Dr Craig Venter at the Science Museum

A glimpse of how big data can make healthcare more proactive, preventative and predictive was given by the world’s best known biotechnology entrepreneur, Dr Craig Venter, last night at the Science Museum’s Director’s Annual Dinner. Dr Venter, who flew to the Museum from his home La Jolla and returns to Washington today, is the recipient from President Obama of the National Medal of Science, the highest honour awarded to scientists by the US government. Dr Venter recently set up Human […]

A view of the new Science Museum Mathematics Gallery. Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, today offered his congratulations to Dame Zaha Hadid, who has been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2016 Royal Gold Medal. Dame Zaha becomes the first woman to be the sole recipient of this prestigious prize, which is approved by Her Majesty The Queen and awarded to an individual or group who have had a significant influence in the advancement of architecture. A globally renowned architect, she won commission to design a new […]