Book launch: ‘On the Moor: Science, History and Nature on a Country Walk’

158 years ago today saw the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Darwin was staying on the edge of Ilkley Moor at the time, just 13 miles as the curlew flies from where I type these words. What better excuse could I possibly need for choosing today to launch my own medium…

Hello, Algeria!

I am delighted to announce that the Friends of Charles Darwin have their first member from Algeria.

Cosmological conversation with my dad

How far away is the sun?

End of an era

This morning, I went to the cash point for some money, only to be presented with a wad of brand new £10 notes featuring Jane Austen instead of Charles Darwin.

Now we are 4,000

The Friends of Charles Darwin have their 4,000th member.

The Darwin bicentennial oak, 8 years on

Eight years ago today, I planted the Darwin Bicentennial Oak in my garden.

The name's Darwin: Charles Darwin

KILLER FACT: Charles Darwin once featured in a James Bond film.

Three new book reviews

I've just posted three new book reviews in the Books section.

Attenborough reads Darwin

In celebration of his 90th birthday, the BBC has released a short video of Sir David Attenborough reading from the final paragraph of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

Book Review: ‘The Invention of Nature’ by Andrea Wulf

Review of ‘The Invention of Nature: the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science’.