Professional sport has a lot to teach scientists about pushing the limits of human achievement—so why are we still content to be amateurs?
A piece in The Times explains how, thanks to our Arnold and Landau Fellowships, mathematicians divided by war can find a common denominator.
In The Spectator, our writer Madeleine Hall hails John Venn, who pioneered not only Venn diagrams but also frequentist probability.
A century ago, in our rooms in Mayfair, Sir James Dewar died. Our writer Thomas Hodgkinson pays tribute to the inventor of cordite in Nautilus.
Our Arnold and Landau Fellowships continue a tradition of contact and collaboration between British and Russian scientists dating back to Newton.
In a letter in The Times, our Director Thomas Fink argues that supporting independent research centres will accelerate discovery for Britain.
Opinions9 Dec 2022
The beautiful game of mathematics, accelerating discovery by seeing patterns among the patterns, deserves a Nobel prize all of its own.
Opinions10 Oct 2022
In the Thunderer column of The Times, Thomas Fink argues that Britain should open its doors to Russia’s top physicists and mathematicians.
Opinions6 Oct 2022
In Nature, the London Institute argues that its five new Research Fellowships for Russian theorists will be a boost for British science.
Culture11 Aug 2022
Like Orpheus in the Underworld, the London Institute is challenging mortality, says our writer Thomas Hodgkinson in The Sunday Telegraph.
Opinions1 Jul 2022
The Royal Institution supported scientists fleeing 1930s authoritarianism. Now, thanks to our Arnold Fellowships, history repeats itself.
Features6 Jun 2022
An AI that can turn mathematics problems written in English into a formal proving language could make them easier for other AIs to solve.
Opinions13 May 2022
History suggests our new posts for physicists and mathematicians from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus will have an enduring impact on UK science.
Culture1 May 2022
The Washington Post explains how man's mad search for immortality is getting serious in our cell programming collaboration with bit.bio.
Opinions21 Apr 2022
To mark our Webby nomination, we describe the design principles behind our website and how they evolved in tandem with the Institute itself.
Features12 Jun 2021
Is free will a mathematical problem? How about immortality? Or the quest for AI? The Times reports on our 23 Mathematical Challenges.
Opinions7 Jun 2021
Showing up for work makes organisations more intelligent, because it let’s workers switch between focus and interaction in an unplanned way.
Opinions7 Mar 2021
As the government creates its Advanced Research and Invention Agency, it could learn from the exceptional history of the Royal Institution.
Opinions23 Feb 2021
The London Institute has moved into the iconic Royal Institution, where it will expand its programme of curiosity-driven theoretical science.
Opinions29 Jan 2021
Supporting non-university research institutes with core funding will finally give aspiring researchers an alternative to a university job.
Culture17 Dec 2020
In an interview with Thomas Fink, Sir Roger Penrose talks about his Nobel Prize, the beauty of physics—and why AI is nothing to fear.
Opinions8 Dec 2020
From Newton to Maxwell to Penrose, Britain has always excelled at theoretical science—so why doesn't the government do more to support it?
Features13 Nov 2020
Forbes explains how the London Institute, working with the biologists at bit.bio, may revolutionise our understanding of human life.
Features27 Oct 2020
The Times welcomes the collaboration between London Institute mathematicians and the biologists at bit.bio to crack cell reprogramming.
Features22 Oct 2020
Verdict reports on the collaboration between the London Institute and cell coding company bit.bio to decode the operating system of life.
Opinions14 Mar 2020
Basic science—the kind done without consideration of its usefulness—leads to the biggest breakthroughs, which is why we need to protect it.
Discoveries24 Feb 2020
Complexity may be hard to unpick, without being inherently bad. Ensure the benefits of any addition to company systems outweigh its costs.
Features30 Jan 2020
In today’s Science|Business, the London Institute welcomes the prospect of a UK DARPA and calls for shorter turn-around times for funding.
Opinions5 Nov 2019
EU funding favours applied research over basic science, but Brexit is a chance to redress the bias and protect curiosity-driven research.
Opinions4 Apr 2019
More independent research centres would provide an alternative to the university model of research, where teaching is bolted to science.
Features1 Apr 2019
British Airways’ inflight magazine runs a three-page profile of the London Institute, its founder and its new approach to doing science.
Discoveries31 Jul 2018
The 3D structures of slurries—fluids full of solid particles—can be swiftly measured using a single 2D shot and electron diffraction data.
Discoveries3 Mar 2018
If you meet a conspiracy theorist, don't bother trying to change their views. Encountering the truth only makes them more pig-headed.
Discoveries25 Sep 2017
In innovation, the most apparently niche ingredients may turn out to be the most useful, as the structures of recipes become more complex.
Discoveries10 Jun 2017
Following Moore's law, solar power will become ever cheaper as an energy source—and there’s nothing Donald Trump can do about it.
Discoveries10 Apr 2017
Twitter sentiment during busy periods, such as ahead of quarterly earnings releases, provides some indication if a stock will rise or fall.
Discoveries5 Apr 2017
Measures meant to stabilise economies may have the opposite effect, creating cyclical structures in the networks of contracts between banks.
Discoveries6 Jan 2017
Quirky and apparently mysterious, innovation is critical to sustained economic growth—and mathematics can help us understand how it works.
Discoveries12 May 2016
Architects are designing rotating homes to increase the efficiency of solar power, while its cost is set to keep falling by 10% annually.
Discoveries26 Jan 2016
The cost of solar power will continue to fall by 10% annually, meeting 20% of global energy needs far sooner than has been predicted.
Discoveries25 Jan 2015
The simultaneous study of news sentiment and browsing behaviour, even on small time-scales, can help to predict stock market fluctuations.
Discoveries4 Oct 2014
The hunt for networks that best combine efficiency with repairability, to avoid breakdown, leads to structural designs that resemble snowflakes.
Discoveries3 Oct 2014
Snowflake-shaped networks, with redundant arms that come into use when main branches break down, are easiest to fix when disaster strikes.
Discoveries20 Feb 2013
The Eiffel tower is now a longstanding example of hierarchical design due to its non-trivial internal structure spanning many length scales.