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Mary Anning and the flying dragon. | Letters from Gondwana.

The nineteen century was the “golden age” of Geology. The Industrial Revolution ushered a period of canal digging and major quarrying operations for building stone. These activities exposed sedimen… 24 more words

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly’s father was an engineer, defying the odds stacked against him in segregation-era America. As she says in the introduction to her book, “as late as 1970, just 1 percent of all American engineers were black – a number that doubled to a whopping 2 percent by 1984.” She grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where her father worked for NACA (which later became NASA), and while visiting one day as an adult, she caught up with her favourite Sunday school teacher, Mrs Kathleen Land. 597 more words

Non-fiction: History

Fifty Minerals That Changes the Course of History, by Eric Chaline: A Review

There should be a good deal to like in a book that promises to review the minerals that have changed the course of history. Minerals, and mineralogy as a science, have led to countless developments in human history, and there are many interesting stories to tell about how our understanding of the things which come from beneath the earth have led to humanity’s present level of modest technological comfort and advancement. 1,504 more words

Book Reviews

History (of Science) Books by Women

Last weekend saw several major newspapers publishing their books of the year list. Unfortunately these displayed, in several aspects, a serious lack of balance. Science and history of science books came up more than somewhat short and in some categories the male dominance was glaring. 1,006 more words

History Of Science

Attitudes Towards the House Sparrow in Victorian Britain

On Wednesday evening the Leeds Animal Studies Network (https://leedsanimalstudiesnetwork.wordpress.com/) met for the latest installment of its seminar series. For those of us intrigued by animal history, the Network’s seminars have offered some great topics: from beagle colonies to the role of elephants in the timber industry of colonial Burma. 630 more words

Environmental History

Thoughts in the Moonlight: Microfiction

Ilya Repin, “Moonlight Night,” , via Wikimedia Commons

The river shimmered in the moonlight, but for the moment, Jo was immune to its charms. She was pondering the telegram she had received: 355 more words