“Perelman-Poincaré” by Roberto Bobrow, 2010

The end of an error?

Timothy Gowers on the alternatives to formal peer review


Matthew Arnold by Frederick Waddy, 1872

‘The rhymes are sometimes poor’

Seamus Perry argues that critics of Matthew Arnold might be missing the point


Old Wells and Pump Room, Cheltenham by Thomas Hulley, c.1813

Trifling in Cheltenham

Jane Austen takes the waters – and drinks deeper than most


Hai-kais de felicitación de mamá by Federico García Lorca

The haiku of Federico García Lorca, translated by Paul Chambers


Federico García Lorca (left) with his family, 1919;

The trembling of the moment

On the haiku of Federico García Lorca


“The Pilgrim Fathers arrive at Plymouth, Massachusetts on board the Mayflower,November 1620” by W. J. Aylward, 1754

The Increasings

Assessing the lives and liberties of the Mayflower colonists


Protest against Jacob Zuma, Cape Town, August 2017

Waiting for the storm

Why South Africa needs a new post-apartheid settlement


A section of the Voynich manuscript

Voynich manuscript: the solution

What the ‘most mysterious manuscript in the world’ means


Harley Granville Barker, Lillah McCarthy and George Bernard Shaw rehearse Androcles and the Lion, 1912

A secret life

Challenging the legend of Harley Granville Barker’s retirement from the theatre


Muslim refugees seeking protected transport to the Purana Qila fort in Pakistan, September 1947

Staring into the void

Hirsh Sawhney finds candid descriptions of chaos and horror in the fiction Partition inspired