In The Face of Britain, art historian and journalist Simon Schama explores the history of British portraiture, and unveils the secrets of some of the nation’s best loved works of art. In this extract, Schama tells the story of Jane Morris (nee Burden), and the artists infatuated by her.  It was not the wandering armadillos, the kangaroos, the […]

Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Correspondent, has interviewed countless artists. The role call of inspiration for his new book includes such influences as Ai Weiwei, David Hockney and Bridget Riley. In Think Like An Artist, Gompertz examines the habits and attitudes that unite successfully creative people, and looks at how we can apply those traits to our own endeavours.

Jetpacks and mind machines! Think Smarter looks into the future! This week’s reading list is designed to equip you for all the technological and ecological advances of the next few years.

Dale Shaw muses on whether we really are in the future (it is 2015 you know), according to predictions from classic science fiction authors.

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Challenging the world economic order is no mean feat, but that’s precisely what crytocurrencies, including BitCoin are doing as we speak. Authors Paul Vigna and Michael Casey explain the five stages of cryptocurrency recognition, and what this might mean for the future of finance.


Author of The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr, on where automation is taking us and the effect our increasing reliance on sat navs may be having on our minds.

The man who coined the term ‘the internet of things’ writes exclusively for Think Smarter on what the future holds for us and why there’s no need to fear the unknown.


Journalist and author John Crace reflects on how Britain’s MPs may be preparing for the 2015 general election exclusively for Think Smarter month.

Whether you’re looking to boost your brainpower, be more mindful, or process the information overload, our Think Smarter reading list has a title to inspire you to challenge your mind this January. Sign up to the Think Smarter newsletter to get a wealth of brain boosting content from some of our top non-fiction authors sent straight […]


Newspaper comments sections are filled with tidings of doom about how technology is hindering our minds; shortening our attention spans and depersonalising our relationships. James Wallman doesn’t agree. Exclusively for Think Smarter, the technology journalist and author of Stuffocation, shares his thoughts on our future relationship with our gadgets.