Say it with flowers

1 October 2019 by

I had some awareness of the Victorians’ mild obsession with reading coded meanings into gifts of flowers, but I’ve been…

Sea of sand

27 August 2019 by

Every so often, I come across an election certificate of a Fellow of the Royal Society that triggers a reaction….

Sea change

23 July 2019 by

My summer reading has included Charles Sprawson’s wonderfully engaging book on immersive history Haunts of the black masseur. Now what…

Spectral lights

16 April 2019 by

When we think about the work done by scientists of the past, we probably don’t consider their everyday lives while…


22 January 2019 by

One of my standing jokes at the Royal Society is that, one day, I’ll take a step back from lauding…