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Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Writer Richard Hamblyn considers the cultural afterlife of Albert Einstein.
4/5 Sunetra Gupta considers Marie Curie's reputation as self-sacrificing scientific saint.
3/5 Historian Patricia Fara on how Isaac Newton became the quintessential English genius.
2/5 Writer Andrew Brown unpicks the narrative of Galileo's battle with the Roman Inquisition.
1/5 Jonathan Sawday explores the cultural legacy of alchemist, astrologer and magus John Dee.