“Science is about the Age of Rocks, religion tells us about the Rock of Ages” – or so the late Dr. Stephen J. Gould is frequently quoted as having written. It’s a clever quip – one I’ve heard often repeated, both humorously and seriously; however…
The first time I saw a firefly I was stopped dead in my tracks by it. The sudden appearance of this small glowing ember hovering before me as I walked along a forest path made me momentarily suspect that there might indeed be faeries in the world (not saying that there still might not be…).
At the end of 2016, Oxford University Press’ brilliant Very Short Introductions series reached a milestone: the publication it’s five hundredth volume. Of course, such a series could not have a milestone such as this represented by just any random subject; which is why they cleverly chose Measurement to bear the distinctive “500” on its spine.
Whenever I read an article about global climate change, it seems as though the focus is always forward – “what are we going to do?” However as an amateur historian of natural history, my mind tends to work better when asking questions not of the future but of the past.