'Electric star on dancer', from J T Niblett's 'Portative electricity', 1893

Chimes at midnight

22 December 2014 by

Christmas, and what could be better at this time of year than tales of light and darkness? If you’ve decorated…

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,…