Tom Shakespeare

What is a cafe scientifique?

Café scientifique has been defined as “a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass
of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and
technology.” The background to Cafe scientifique in Britain was the long tradition of cafe philosophiques in France.  In the early 1990s, the cafe scientifique… Read More from What is a cafe scientifique?

Model animal

When I was a child, one of my favourite books was called Bear, Mouse and Water Beetle.  Today, I want to tell you a contemporary story, which you could call Fly, Fish, Mouse,  and Worm, or for the scientists among you , Drosophila melanogaster, Danio rerio, Mus mus, and Caenorhabditis elegans. You may remember Gregor… Read More from Model animal

On Gregor Mendel

On the discovery of the nature of inheritance When an obscure Augustinian monk read his paper on Experiments in Plant Hybridization at the Brno Natural History Society in 1865, nobody noticed.  The paper only received three citations over the following 35 years. But that monk, Gregor Mendel, had made a crucial breakthrough, the result of… Read More from On Gregor Mendel

Every dog has his day

When I was a child in the 1970s, the Observer newspaper used to run a Peanuts cartoon every Sunday in the colour supplement.  And I would carefully cut out every one from the paper, and paste it into a scrapbook.  I wish I still had that scrapbook.  That comic strip, surely the best of all… Read More from Every dog has his day