Tag Archives: reminiscences

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: 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.