The Royal Society has announced the long list of books under consideration for its 2012 Winton Prize. Named since 2011 for its present sponsor, Winton Capital Management, the prize honors the best in popular science writing originally published in English in the UK during 2011. The 2012 Long List includes twelve titles that, alas, cut […]
How does one go about writing an encyclopedia of insects? In terms of species, the sheer numbers of those thus far described by entomologists alone would fill several volumes if nothing more than their names were recorded.
The search for the solution to what Sir John Herschel famously called the “mystery of mysteries” – how new species come to exist – has brought a myriad of remarkable creatures to the attention of science.
After looking up a passage from Ecclesiastes for a previous Born Again Bird Watcher entry, I spent a little time reading further into that book – something I had not done for quite some time. As I read along, I came to the end of the third chapter, where it is written: I said in […]