Monthly Archives: March 2013

The dawning of the age of Anthopocene

This article first appeared in The Listener, issue 3716, 30 July 2011 As a geology student in the late 1980s, I learnt a mnemonic to remember the various geological periods, epochs and ages that make up Earth’s history. It started … Continue reading

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Galileo in Florence

This story first appeared in The Listener, issue 3688, 15 January 2011.  I’d come a long way to see Galileo’s arthritic middle finger, but recognised the great 17th-century astronomer’s aged appendage – displayed in a gilt-edged glass egg in a … Continue reading

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