Tuesday 18th June 2019,
Frontiers Magazine

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Balfour Stewart: Sun, clouds and inspiration

Balfour Stewart (1828-1887) was born in Edinburgh but his father was a younger son of the Stewarts of Brugh in Westray and his mother was a daughter of William Clouston, minister of Stromness and Sandwick. Stewart spent two years at [...]

July 15, 2014 People Past & Present

New paths to light

In north-central Nigeria, in the state of Kogi, two great rivers meet. One is the Niger, the other its main tributary, the Benué (once known as the Tchadda. The Niger rises in ancient rocks in the Guinea Highlands, sweeps across [...]

May 24, 2014 Spring Issue 2014, Summer Issue 2014

‘Truly the last of the great Vikings’: Captain John Hourie

One of the popular daily One O’Clock Toasts in the 2012 Festival was given by the Festival Chairman, the late Eoin Scott. It was to a remarkable Orkney man of the sea, Captain John Hourie. Captain John William Hourie was [...]

March 5, 2014 Winter Issue 2013

A Shining Star

Williamina Paton Fleming (1857-1911) This year is the 125th anniversary of the discovery of the Horsehead Nebula in Orion, one of the great achievements of one of many women in science. It came at a time when a woman’s role [...]

July 2, 2013 People and Ideas
Georges Lemaître

Georges Lemaître – The Father of the Big Bang

In the 1920s, astronomers knew that the universe was not static, but expanding. Most, including Einstein himself, assumed that the Universe had started in a form similar to what we now see. One unlikely voice bucked the trend – in [...]

June 30, 2013 People and Ideas

The greatest Arctic explorer of them all: John Rae 200 years on

He set out from his home in Orkney when he was just nineteen, a newly qualified medical graduate, off to Hudson’s Bay to try a summer, but it was fourteen years before he could return – as a seasoned explorer [...]

March 20, 2013 Spring Issue 2013
Luigi Fantappié and the physics of life

Luigi Fantappié and the physics of life

Eggs break and we cannot repair them, cups smash into pieces, and the dominant force in the world is the breakdown of any order, leading to the growth of entropy as described in the Second Law of Thermodynamics. That seemed [...]

March 17, 2013 Going Further
Letitia Hargrave

Letitia Hargrave in the Nor’ Wast

In 1837 HBC Chief Trader James Hargrave went Home to Scotland to find a suitable wife. It was the fashionable thing to do. As one old trader said, ‘the novelty of getting Hudson Bay stocked with European Ladys’ meant jaunts [...]

March 14, 2013 People Past & Present

Washington Irving and the rediscovery of the lost centuries of knowledge

The journey of two friends in Spain nearly two centuries ago began a process of rediscovery that continues today: the awakening of Europe’s knowledge of an ancient heritage – and of lost centuries in the history of science. It happened [...]

March 11, 2013 Going Further
An Imaginary Portrait of Washington Irving

Washington Irving and his Orkney family origins

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was the first American writer to be famous outside America. His two most successful books, Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York 1809 and The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon 1819 are not well known now but their effect [...]

March 8, 2013 People Past & Present