Graham’s number, so large that its ordinary representation would not fit in the observable universe

What is the largest number you can imagine? I’m sure more than one reader will paraphrase Han Solo, thinking they…

The German female athlete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics who turned out to be a man

A recent case is that of Caster Semenya, South African athlete twice Olympic champion and three times world champion in…

Lapulapu, the Filipino chief turned national hero who killed Magellan

On August 10, 1519 began the expedition that circumnavigated the globe for the first time. We all know the names…

Belzoni, the pioneer of Egyptology who unearthed the temples of Abu Simbel and opened an entrance to the pyramid of Khafre

The beginnings of archaeology in general and Egyptology in particular, beyond the curiosity that the ruins unleashed in Antiquity and…

Battle of Mons Badonicus, the first documentary reference to King Arthur

No matter how many novels and films have dealt with his figure, some in a fantastic tone, others more realistic,…

Why are there firefighters in Antarctica? Fire services at the South Pole

In 1948 an accidental fire destroyed the facilities of Station D, the scientific base that Great Britain had built in…

Saigō Takamori: the true story of the last samurai

In 1877 the Satsuma Rebellion or Sainan War against the Japanese imperial throne ended with the victory of the latter…

The High Court of Chivalry, a medieval institution still active in the United Kingdom

Heraldry is the science of the coat of arms, the “art of explaining and describing the coats of arms of…

Abram Gannibal, the African slave who became a military engineer, general of the Russian army and great-grandfather of the writer Alexander Pushkin

There is an episode from the eighteenth century that in a way seems to come from a work of fiction:…

The Rosenstrasse protest, when German women saved their Jewish husbands by confronting the Nazi regime

In 2003 the German Margarethe von Trotta, director, scriptwriter, actress and wife of the famous writer Volker Schlöndorf, won the…