Machiavelli's beloved Florence.

Machiavelli’s Misunderstood Brilliance

History has not been particularly kind to Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), author, diplomat and statesman of the Italian Renaissance, most famous for his book Il Principe (The Prince). He was looked upon with contempt by later generations and his name has become synonymous with unscrupulous, deceptive tactics. Machiavelli Vilified Did he really deserve to be treated
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Drawing of the human brain by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Insight: The Aha-Experience

We’ve all had the experience: you’re staring at a problem or puzzle and suddenly it ‘clicks.’ Almost magically, the answer pops into your head, seemingly without any effort or any relation to what you were thinking of before. How does that happen? Insight It turns out it happens all the time, not always accompanied by
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Prussian army at the Battle of Hohenfriedberg.

Peculiar Rulers: Frederick and his Tall Blokes

Prussia, from its inception, was a military state. Its original nucleus around Berlin (which was actually Brandenburg and not Prussia) was a poor, sparsely populated stretch of country, not very fertile and lacking resources. It also had few natural borders, blending featurelessly into other German states in the west and into Poland in the east,
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SixWordPeerReview

Since yesterday, a fun sciencey #hashtag has been trending on Twitter: #SixWordPeerReview. It’s all about people in academia venting their frustrations with the peer review process. A lot of them are just funny, some a bit poignant with a truthful core. Here are some of my favourites: