Biographies

Reviews of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.

Book review: ‘The Ascent of John Tyndall’ by Roland Jackson

A long-overdue biography of the Victorian scientist, mountaineer, and public intellectual.

Book reviews: ‘Charles Darwin: Voyaging’ • ‘Charles Darwin: The Power of Place’

A magnificent two-volume biography.

Book review: ‘Charles Darwin: Vol.2: The Power of Place’ by Janet Browne

Part 2 of an entertaining two-part biography of Charles Darwin.

Book review: ‘Charles Darwin: Vol.1: Voyaging’ by Janet Browne

Part 1 of an entertaining two-part biography of Charles Darwin.

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

The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science.

Book review: ‘The Happy Atheist’ by PZ Myers

Relentlessly unsubtle wholesome fun.

Book review: ‘Darwin & His Children’ by Tim M. Berra

His other legacy.

Book review: ‘Darwin's Apprentice’ by Janet Owen

An archaeological biography of John Lubbock

Book review: ‘Darwin and Lady Hope: the Untold Story’ by L.R. Croft

Shamelessly perpetuating a Darwinian myth.

Book review: ‘Darwin and the Barnacle: the Story of One Tiny Creature and History's Most Spectacular Scientific Breakthrough’ by Rebecca Stott

Charles Darwin's eight-year barnacle odyssey.