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Principia

17 July 2014 by

It’s a happy day when I get the chance to blog about not one, but two pet topics. The manuscript…

European fruit scale by Robert Newstead, c.1902 (detail)

He sells sea-shells

23 May 2014 by

Few important scientists get the full-blown literary treatment from a major writer of English. I think we can cheerfully ignore…

Hydra, by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, 1702

Hydra meets Handel

27 March 2014 by

They have been the many-headed creatures of myth and the arch-enemies of those doughty Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But real hydra,…

Alloy wire explosion, by Martin van Marum (detail)

Darkly bound

6 February 2014 by

In recent blogs I’ve shown a lookalike Georgia O’Keeffe and a Damien Hirst prequel. Let’s go for the full Modernist…