Needle tip from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665)

Restoration reading

5 April 2013 by

Robert Hooke’s Micrographia is one of my favourite Restoration books, written by one of my favourite Restoration gentlemen. It’s also…

Podarcis sicula coerulea, from Theodor Eimer 'Zoologische Studien auf Capri: II' (1874)

Mediterranean blue

19 March 2013 by

It’s always nice to see an old friend, especially in an unexpected place. I was very pleased, therefore, and slightly…

‘Donati's Comet, 1858’: frontispiece to 'Sun, Moon and Stars: Astronomy for Beginners' by Agnes Giberne (London, 1910), an astronomical text-book for children.

Watch the skies!

15 February 2013 by

Well, today is certainly a lively day in the heavens, what with meteors over Russia and the close approach of…