Biographies

Reviews of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.

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's Mentor: John Stevens Henslow 1796–1861’ by S.M. Walters & E.A. Stow

The biography of John Stephens Henslow, Charles Darwin's tutor at university, and an all-round, thoroughly good chap.

Book review: ‘The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future, 1730–1810’ by Jenny Uglow

A collective biography of a remarkable group of friends.

Book review: ‘The Reluctant Mr Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution’ by David Quammen

Handy analysis of Darwin's procrastination over publishing Origin of Species.

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.

Book review: ‘Darwin in Cambridge’ by John van Wyhe

A useful booklet about Darwin's Cambridge connections.