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Science is not just an opinion

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" —Douglas Adams

People often write heartfelt pieces about the personal history of a certain belief of theirs. Virginia Heffernan recently attempted just that on her blog, when she felt an urge to explain … Continue Reading ››
Botanical beauties from the past

Botanical beauties from the past

In the days before high-resolution colour photography, natural scientists had to be able to draw. Or hire someone else who was accomplished in the artistic craft and willing to work in tandem with the scientist. Beautiful and meticulously  detailed, today botanical illustrations from the 19th century have an aesthetic and historical value.  And it turns out … Continue Reading ››