The Forum

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Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts

Best known for his Canon of Medicine, Avicenna helped shape modern science
The Canal that joined up the Atlantic and Pacific oceans but how did it impact Panama?
The eccentric traveller and collector who circumnavigated the globe twice
A century and a half of scientific meteorology
How mass-produced audio discs transformed our sound world
What can we learn from the oldest trees on earth?
The magical story of Dorothy, a plucky American heroine who follows the yellow brick road
From nomads to nobles, the working relationship between humans and raptors
A history of one of the oldest living languages in the world
The discovery of X-rays in 1895 and how it transformed our world
The life and reputation of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince
Design milestones in the early history of motor vehicles
The mini guitar that came to symbolise Hawaiian culture
The engineer who championed freedom on two continents
Charting the history of counting and classifying people the world over
What are the origins of knitting and how did it spread to different parts of the world?
Gabriel García Márquez’s modern classic that fuses the magical with real life
A portrait of the prolific writer who was an environmental thinker before his time
The Franco-Spanish singer and composer who charmed European society on and off stage
The ancient magical tales whose origins stretch from India to Persia to Arabia