Karl, Get Out of the Garden!



Do you know what a Solanum caule inermi herbaceo, foliis pinnatis incises, racemis simplicibus is?*   Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus started off as a curious child who loved exploring the garden. Despite his intelligence-and his mother’s scoldings-he was a poor student, preferring to be outdoors with his beloved plants and bugs. As he grew up, Karl’s love of nature led him to take on a seemingly impossible task: to give a scientific name to every living thing on earth. The result was the Linnaean…

Trees & Wildlife in Wensleydale



Hugh Kemp, who hails from a North Riding farming family, became a coal miner for over two years; trained as an artist and 40 years ago bought a hill farm in The Dales. Situated at 1000 ft above sea level the plan was to grow Christmas and Forestry trees in spite of the professionals saying trees would not grow at that height. Not only did the birdlife increase dramatically, but today Hugh’s woods provide a home to lots of red squirrels.

My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time



Internationally acclaimed science writer Lone Frank swabs up her DNA to provide the first truly intimate account of the new science of consumer-led genomics. She challenges the business mavericks intent on mapping every baby’s genome, ponders the consequences of biological fortune-telling, and prods the psychologists who hope to uncover just how much or how little our environment will matter in the new genetic century – a quest made all the more gripping as Frank considers her family’s and…

Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect


At a time when the Manhattan Project was synonymous with large-scale science, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–67) represented the new sociocultural power of the American intellectual. Catapulted to fame as director of the Los Alamos atomic weapons laboratory, Oppenheimer occupied a key position in the compact between science and the state that developed out of World War II. By tracing the making—and unmaking—of Oppenheimer’s wartime and postwar scientific identity, Charles…
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