The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science.
Writing tagged: ‘reading’
Book review: ‘The Invention of Science’ by David Wootton
A new history of the Scientific Revolution by David Wootton.
Book review: ‘Mr Key's Shorter Potted Brief, Brief Lives’ by Mr Frank Key
A medium-sized mass of potted nonsense.
Darwin on earthworms: small change writ large
A review of Charles Darwin's wonderful final book, ‘The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, with Observations on their Habits’.
Book review: ‘Darwin and Lady Hope: the Untold Story’ by L.R. Croft
A dreadful book attempting to breathe new life into the long-discredited myth of Charles Darwin's deathbed conversion to evangelical Christianity. File under ‘Fiction’.
Nature Book Reader
My recommendations for some top nature reading have been included in the updated Caught by the River Nature Book Reader webzine.
Book Review: ‘60 Degrees North’ by Malachy Tallack
Around the world in search of home.
Book review: ‘A Book of Silence’ by Sara Maitland
A journey in search of the pleasure and powers of silence.
Book review: ‘Doubling Back’ by Linda Cracknell
Ten paths trodden in memory.
Primroses v Wurlitzers
George Orwell on the simpler pleasures.
What I read in 2014
I read 36 books in 2014. This shows an uncharacteristic degree of consistency on my behalf.
Book review: ‘The Making of the Fittest’ by Sean B Carroll
DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution.