Gaia, James Lovelock
Science

Gaia, James Lovelock

Well, that was an intriguing read, and much more nuanced than I was expecting it to be.  This book is a relic from E’s days studying geology, when they had to engage with this as a possible theory of the world.  Lovelock’s premise (which will be the title of my next album) is that instead … Continue reading

Pandora’s Breeches, Patricia Fara
History / Science

Pandora’s Breeches, Patricia Fara

Pandora’s Breeches is a brilliant study of women in science during the Enlightenment.  Fara effortlessly dismantles the ‘great man’ approach to scientific history by introducing the women, and for that matter all the other people, who were involved in the scientific breakthroughs of the Enlightenment. From the glittering intellectual Emelie du Chatelet to the painfully self-abnegating … Continue reading