What We’re Reading Now

“During my last year at Cambridge, I read with care and profound interest Humboldt’s ‘Personal Narrative.’ This work, and Sir J. Herschel’s ‘Introduction to the Study of Natural Philosophy,’ stirred up in me a burning zeal to add even the most humble contribution to the noble structure of Natural Science. No one or a dozen other books influenced me nearly so much as these two.”

Charles Darwin, from the Autobiographical Chapter in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, edited by Francis Darwin, John Murray, 1888, p. 55. Volume available in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

What are you reading?

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2 Replies to “What We’re Reading Now”

  1. I’m currently reading Michel Serres’s Natural Contract (in English!). Trying to dig back into some more fundamental philosophical underpinnings treating the concept of futurity.

    1. Crazy — I just finished his /Birth of Physics/ and /Branches/. What did you think? Have to say after a while I find it hard to concentrate — lots of evocative passages to note down but I confess I like better sign posted arguments. I guess I’m not continental enough. Have been trying to figure out where he talks at greater length about the relation between life and negentropy.

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