Bedtime stories for scientists – part 2

In the second of my short audio series, Bedtime stories for scientists, I read an extract from the opening chapter of Julian Huxley’s Essays in Popular Science.

I stumbled across this book at the book market on London’s South Bank beneath Waterloo Bridge. In an earlier post I described how I was struck by the fact Huxley’s views on the popularisation and communication of science, which he outlines in the preface of the book, are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote them in 1926. However, I was also taken with Huxley’s descriptions of biological phenomena and the following extract is a wonderful example.

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