The London Institute is committed to a new way to fund and organize research, and the press is taking note. As well as the Institute as a whole, the media has publicized many of our research papers, making our scientific insights available to a broader audience.

  • Nature

    Opinions9 Jan

    A Birch for AI's back

    In Nature correspondence, our scientists argue that, by the terms of "the Birch test", no AI has yet made a genuine mathematical discovery.

  • The telegraph

    Opinions5 Sep 2023

    Science goes pro

    Professional sport has a lot to teach scientists about pushing the limits of human achievement—so why are we still content to be amateurs?

  • Troitsky variant

    Opinions23 Feb 2023

    Science without borders

    Our Arnold and Landau Fellowships continue a tradition of contact and collaboration between British and Russian scientists dating back to Newton.

  • opinions

    Opinions13 Feb 2023

    Accelerating science

    In a letter in The Times, our Director Thomas Fink argues that supporting independent research centres will accelerate discovery for Britain.

  • The times

    Opinions9 Dec 2022

    The beautiful game

    The beautiful game of mathematics, accelerating discovery by seeing patterns among the patterns, deserves a Nobel prize all of its own.

  • The Times

    Opinions10 Oct 2022

    Landau lives on

    In the Thunderer column of The Times, Thomas Fink argues that Britain should open its doors to Russia’s top physicists and mathematicians.

  • Nature

    Opinions6 Oct 2022

    Boost for British science

    In Nature, the London Institute argues that its five new Research Fellowships for Russian theorists will be a boost for British science.

  • The telegraph

    Opinions1 Jul 2022

    History repeats itself

    The Royal Institution supported scientists fleeing 1930s authoritarianism. Now, thanks to our Arnold Fellowships, history repeats itself.

  • The telegraph

    Opinions13 May 2022

    From Russia with math

    History suggests our new posts for physicists and mathematicians from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus will have an enduring impact on UK science.

  • LIMS

    Opinions21 Apr 2022

    Designing web design

    To mark our Webby nomination, we describe the design principles behind our website and how they evolved in tandem with the Institute itself.

  • the telegraph

    Opinions7 Jun 2021

    The intelligent organisation

    Showing up for work makes organisations more intelligent, because it let’s workers switch between focus and interaction in an unplanned way.

  • The spectator

    Opinions7 Mar 2021

    Britain’s DARPA

    As the government creates its Advanced Research and Invention Agency, it could learn from the exceptional history of the Royal Institution.

  • LIMS

    Opinions23 Feb 2021

    Move to the Ri

    The London Institute has moved into the iconic Royal Institution, where it will expand its programme of curiosity-driven theoretical science.


    Opinions29 Jan 2021

    Independent science

    Supporting non-university research institutes with core funding will finally give aspiring researchers an alternative to a university job.

  • The guardian

    Opinions8 Dec 2020

    The value of theory

    From Newton to Maxwell to Penrose, Britain has always excelled at theoretical science—so why doesn't the government do more to support it?

  • The Spectator

    Opinions14 Mar 2020

    Back to basic science

    Basic science—the kind done without consideration of its usefulness—leads to the biggest breakthroughs, which is why we need to protect it.

  • Open access goverment

    Opinions5 Nov 2019

    Basic science after Brexit

    EU funding favours applied research over basic science, but Brexit is a chance to redress the bias and protect curiosity-driven research.

  • Times Higher Education

    Opinions4 Apr 2019

    A new kind of science

    More independent research centres would provide an alternative to the university model of research, where teaching is bolted to science.