• "Entertaining, finely crafted... there is a feast of fine science writing in this gem of a book"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Johnson's essays balance human interest and scientific wonder in equal measure, making for a delicious succession of vignettes"

  • "Johnson's lively book... finds beauty throughout science - even among dead frogs and drooling dogs"

  • "Johnson manages to convey the heart-stopping wonder of discovery"

    Radio 4, Today programme
  • "In describing these beautifully simple works of genius, Johnson reveals as much about the corporatist nature of modern science as he does about early research"

    Scotland on Sunday