Da Vinci: Science Communicator

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 04 May 2012 to 07 October 2012 I’ve already waxed lyrical about how, despite his admittedly substantial contribution to art history, I think Leonardo da Vinci was primarily a scientist. After my visit this weekend to new exhibition ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist’, I’d like to add […]


Brains: The Mind as Matter Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London 29 March 2012 – 17 June 2012 After my interest in intelligence was awakened by Horizon: the Hunt for AI, I decided to take a break from studying in the library at the Wellcome Trust and explore their temporary exhibition space by visiting Brains: The […]

Review: The Hunt for AI

Watson plays Jeopardy! Horizon: The Hunt for AI BBC HD, 3 April 2012 As the stern grandfather of the BBC’s science output, Horizon is as topical as ever with its latest programme exploring the search for artificial intelligence. In reference to all things brainy, modern-day mathematician and Professor of Public Understanding of Science Marcus du […]

Morbid Anatomy

Hunterian Museum The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London Permanent exhibition Is the collection at the Hunterian Museum a Twenty-First Century freak show? Visitors meander around a darkened room filled with illuminated glass jars from floor to ceiling. Pointed fingers and gasps of surprise and shock punctuate the silence. Inside […]

Why da Vinci was a Scientist First

Four Reasons Why Leonardo da Vinci was a Scientist First and Artist Second National Gallery 9 November 2011 – 5 February 2012 Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan is the National Gallery’s latest blockbuster exhibition featuring the largest-ever collection of the surviving paintings and sketches of one of history’s most well known […]

An Exercise in Contrast

Medicine Man / Medicine Now Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London Permanent exhibitions Rather than stick around at their newest exhibition – Miracles and Charms, which I found to be frankly rather uninspiring – on my recent visit to the Euston Road mega-structure that is the Wellcome Trust, I ventured upstairs to their longer term exhibition: […]

The Heart of the Great Alone

Herbert Ponting, The ramparts of Mount Erebus, 1911 The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 21 October 2011 – 15 April 2012 I have to admit, I’d never heard of the Queen’s Gallery before my visit last week, and even if I had, it wouldn’t have […]