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Man with a metal detector in a cage

Nobel prizewinning astrophysicist reflects on the perceptions and realities of how big breakthroughs are made

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Seven scholars relate how they stepped back or stepped in as they saw fit, while one contributor’s daughter describes the flip side

Figures in medieval painting wearing virtual reality headsets

Will virtual reality help students on campus and online learn better and more cheaply? David Matthews reports

Illustration of a man's body with a statue's head in the classical style

From giving up Bremoaning and plastic cutlery, to publishing 10 papers in one year and sketchnoting, scholars share their goals for 2017

World in Focus

Pro-democracy protester, Causeway Bay district, Hong Kong, 2014

In a special report from the territory, David Matthews hears concerns that scholars are paying the price for ‘politically incorrect’ talk

The Outer Limits

Clive Oppenheimer and Wwerner Herzog standing beside volcano

Clive Oppenheimer recounts dodging lava bombs and gunmen as he guided the director to global hot spots for his film about volcanoes

Essays

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Joe Moran on the little-known benefits of being a shrinking violet

Feature illustration (3 September 2015)

Dale Salwak explains why he focuses on the people carrying out the translation process and their effects on the text we read

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Lincoln Allison argues that it is becoming harder for academics to share controversial ideas

In the workplace and at the ballot box, it is time to reject stale ideology, says Thomas Docherty

Profiles

Shakespeare and Plato fist-fighting in field

Are you an idealist or a pragmatist? In his latest book, Self and Soul, Edmundson aims to provide fresh insights into how we might choose to live our lives

From the archive

Enthusiasm for ‘neuroeducation’ risks blinding people to its potentially limited efficacy, argues Steven Rose

Culture

Dorothy M. Richardson portrait

One hundred years after transforming the modern novel, Dorothy M. Richardson’s neglected works are being reclaimed, says Rebecca Bowler

Review: Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini

Despite many attempts, Gustave Flaubert’s tale of adultery remains resistant to adaptation, says Philip Kemp

Chris Spyrides and Trudy Weiss in Crossing Jerusalem, Park Theatre, London

A Jewish writer fills a vacuum with a play about Israel that refuses to take a simple view as it foregrounds an erotic older woman. Matthew Reisz writes

Review: Ben Whishaw and Kevin Harvey in Bakkhai by Euripides, by Anne Carson

A witty version of the Greek tragedy confronts our desire to watch the unwatchable as it diverts our focus from binaries to transitioning, says Liz Schafer

Most Commented

United Nations peace keeper

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (5 January 2017)

Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

poi, circus

Kate Riegle van West had to battle to bring her circus life and her academic life together

man with frozen beard, Lake Louise, Canada

Australia also makes gains in list of most attractive English-speaking nations as US slips