The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science.
A new history of the Scientific Revolution by David Wootton.
A medium-sized mass of potted nonsense.
A review of Charles Darwin's wonderful final book, ‘The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, with Observations on their Habits’.
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’.
My recommendations for some top nature reading have been included in the updated Caught by the River Nature Book Reader webzine.
Around the world in search of home.
A journey in search of the pleasure and powers of silence.
Ten paths trodden in memory.
George Orwell on the simpler pleasures.
I read 36 books in 2014. This shows an uncharacteristic degree of consistency on my behalf.
DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution.