The Forum

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

The great Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa who invented dozens of alter egos
How one man defined the role of science and scientists in the modern age
Uncovering the identity of the bandaged villain of Hollywood legend
Exploring the life and work of artist Andy Warhol
Exploring the rags to riches life story of the French fashion designer
Why George Orwell's novel remains topical 70 years after publication
The warriors famed for their discipline, fearless self-sacrifice and brutality
The life and work of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the Dutch pioneer of microscopy
A man transforms into a kind of huge vermin overnight – Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis
Looking back at the life and career of the South African musician and activist
How the Scottish engineer's ingenuity transformed industry
The metaphysical and philosophical manual for Hindus and non-Hindus alike
King Cnut the Great ruled much of northern Europe a millennium ago
1919 and the creation of independent Afghanistan
Untangling the web of contradictions of the spiritual guide to the Romanov dynasty
The Moon from Earth May 23, 2019
The science, culture and mythology of the Moon
The social history of pearls as a fashion and status symbol over the centuries
The author of the American classic ‘Walden’
Nostalgic song from Portugal, a small country with a big heart
The remarkable 17th Century leader who defied European oppression