Category: history

Glossopteris, Gondwanaland, Scott and Stopes

Glossopteris, Gondwanaland, Scott and Stopes

When I first started out as a graduate, I remember being introduced to a certain managing director who was notoriously forgetful. He covered for this by attempting to remember just one thing about everybody...

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter 0

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter

Ghost hunting has a long and honourable history dating back to ancient times. One finds, for example,  at least one talkative ghost in the tales of Ancient Egypt. And ghosts were common in Roman...

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale 3

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale

“Having decided to write on Easter, I took out a volume of _The Encyclopædia Britannica_ in order to make up the subject of eggs, and the first entry under “Egg” that met my eye was: “EGG, AUGUSTUS LEOPOLD (1816-1863), English...

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace 0

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913), a self-educated man, was a remarkable Victorian intellectual. Not only did he co-share credit with Charles Darwin for discovering the process of natural selection; he also made  many other significant contributions...

I want to believe: Piltdown Man and the truly British hominid 0

I want to believe: Piltdown Man and the truly British hominid

“In Piltdown Common, Sussex, England, an English paleontologist, Mr. Dawson, discovered, about a year ago, a fairly complete human skull representing the most ancient relic of the human race in the British Isles, and...

Avebury & Lacock (LW04, WH0373) 0

Avebury & Lacock (LW04, WH0373)

London Walks again came through on walk #4 (see the list of London Walks). In an eerie coincidence, they offered a day trip to Avebury and Lacock on the very day I was struggling...