Tag Archives: darwin

The Uncle of Photography

As historians of science are forever reminding us (although nobody listens to those killjoys), we enter dangerous territory when we start to discuss the ‘first’ person to do X, the ‘lone genius’ who invented Y, or the ‘Father of’ Great Idea Z.

Charles Darwin on the family tree of languages

In ‘On the Origin of Species’, Darwin hypothesises that the family tree of languages must closely reflect the family tree of the different races of mankind that speak them.

Golf: the Darwin connection

As we all know, absolutely everything has a Charles Darwin connection. As golf's 143rd Open Championship tees off in my native Wirral, I find evidence of its Darwin connection on display.

Why we can safely say Darwin wasn't left-handed

Lots of minority groups like to claim Darwin as one of their own. Usually, as in the case of Darwin's supposed left-handedness, it's just wishful thinking.

Charles Darwin: book-vandal

On Charles Darwin's horrific mistreatment of books.

Darwin struggles with German

Sir Francis Darwin's reminiscences about his father include an amusing passage describing Charles Darwin's approach to reading German.

11th July, 1836: Darwin visits Napoleon

Towards the end of her second voyage, HMS Beagle called at the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. Darwin took the opportunity to visit the grave of St Helena's most famous former occupant (and prisoner), Napoleon Bonaparte.

Bank of England caves in to pressure

The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, will look at the women represented on banknotes by the end of July.

Change for a tenner?

My considered, and totally unbiased thoughts on who should replace Darwin on the £10 note.