Addle-pated modernist

6 January 2010 12:00 am

In 1564 a book was published calculating that there were 7,409,127 demons at work in the world, under the administrative control of 79 demon-princes.

The teacher you wish you’d had

14 October 2009 12:00 am

Sometimes you can become too well known.

Poisoned spring

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, by Michael McCarthy
Wings and Rings: A History of Bird Migration Studies in Europe, by Richard Vaughan

Darwin — from worms to collops

1 April 2009 12:00 am

By all accounts a modest and retiring example of his species, Charles Darwin would surely have been more astonished than flattered by the honours done him during this year’s bicentennial celebrations.


The romance of the jungle

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann


Barking up the wrong tree?

18 March 2009 12:00 am

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning, by James Lovelock He Knew He Was Right: The Irrepressible Life of James Lovelock and Gaia, by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin

Mind over matter

28 January 2009 12:00 am

Why Us?, by James Le Fanu

The origin of the theory

28 January 2009 12:00 am

Darwin’s Sacred Cause, by Adrian Desmond and James Moore Darwin: A Life in Poems, by Ruth Padel