Science

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A cosmic comedy

10 March 2010 12:00 am

Not long ago I had an email from a friend, wondering if I’d yet read the new Ian McEwan.

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Array of luminaries

27 January 2010 12:00 am

In November 1660, on a damp night at Gresham College in London, a young shaver named Christopher Wren gave a lecture on astronomy.

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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.

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The romance of the jungle

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

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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