I recently finished reading The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. It's one of the best books I've read in the past few years, along with Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction. Both of these books are about the big picture, about deep time and the interrelatedness of all things, living and non-living. The Invention of Nature is … Continue reading diatoms
At the end of "The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium" the author Bernd Brunner admits to trouble in paradise, and offers this quote from the son of Phillip Henry Gosse, writing about his father in 1907. Gosse was a popularizer of the aquarium in the mid to late 19th century, and … Continue reading aquariums
D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (On Growth and Form) wrote about this anemone in his book Science and the Classics. Apparently, this anemone outlived Dalyell by a couple of decades, passing away in 1887 at the age of sixty.