dawn chorus · Simon Armitage · the invention of the telescope · huge, sprawling collaborations · Withnail & I · book smells · re-assembling Darwin’s research notes · converting walks into words · Daniel Dennett · writing letters · humanist politics · dentistry with stone tools · analysing penguin poo · Melissa Harrison · Robert Macfarlane · swallows
Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain.
The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science.
A new history of the Scientific Revolution by David Wootton.
A review of Charles Darwin's wonderful final book, ‘The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, with Observations on their Habits’.
Not wishing to boast, but Richard Carter didn't get C-minuses—and he certainly didn't get SEE MEs.
On the unlikely 17th and 18th-century German fashion of keeping tree frogs to forecast the weather.