Total Recall

20 December 2010 by

Picture a group of scientists at dinner in the new age of Queen Victoria, just crowned at Westminster Abbey in…

Passionate friends

30 November 2010 by

I’ve just finished reading Michael Sherborne’s excellent new biography H.G.Wells: another kind of life. In my teens you could still…

Blue lias

3 November 2010 by

The coastline around Lyme Regis was bathed in half-term autumn sunshine for most of last week and its cliffs were…

The Forgotten

11 October 2010 by

The BBC journalist Sarah Cruddas asked me to talk about some neglected heroes of science last week with the idea…

Nebulosity

24 September 2010 by

Like many people, I can navigate round the main night sky constellations and pick out the brighter planets in a…