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…

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…

'Sea fairy' by T A Stephenson FRS, 1935

Fairytale of Aberystwyth

19 December 2013 by

Christmas is the traditional time for fairytales, from Peter Pan to The Nutcracker, and I’ve just discovered another fairy-story from looking…