Building Passions

12 November 2019 by

My new book ‘Building Passions’ covers the period during the nineteenth century when Britain had two giants of architecture and…

A Parthenope in the sky

5 November 2019 by

The year 2019 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Annibale de Gasparis, Italian astronomer and mathematician, Director of the…

Above the clouds

29 October 2019 by

A recent enquiry led me to our Manuscripts General series for a volume I was unfamiliar with: MS/626, the ‘Tenerife…

Flea treatment

22 October 2019 by

It seems fair to say that Robert Hooke’s Micrographia is one of the most iconic volumes of our collections. As…

Sparks flying

15 October 2019 by

The Royal Society Library receives a regular flow of research enquiries about our archives. These aren’t always straightforward to answer,…