• 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

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