by Andrew Robinson

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The above is the introduction to a review in Nature of a British Museum exhibition on the Egyptian Book of the Dead--see below.


Read a wide variety of reviews of books, exhibitions and films, plus features including profiles and obituaries, published in the following UK and US newspapers, magazines and journals during the past two decades:

 

 

1. GENERAL INTEREST


​Reviews

 

2007: "Einstein on and off the soapbox", New Scientist, 14 April 2007
Review of Einstein on Politics by David Rowe and Robert Schulmann and Einstein: A Biography by Walter Isaacson

 

2008: "Rocket man"The Financial Times, 5/6 January 2008
Review of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War by Michael J. Neufeld

 

2010: "How to behave beyond the grave", Nature, 2 December 2010
Review of the British Museum exhibition, Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
 
2011: "High society", History Today, February 2011

Review of the Wellcome Collection exhibition, High Society: Mind-Altering Drugs in History and Culture

 

2011: "The captain and the castaway", The Independent, 17 June 2011
Review of Crusoe: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox and the Creation of Myth by Katherine Frank

 

2014: "The brewer's tale", Current World Archaeology, 68, 2014
Review of The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick

 

2015: "Ringing changes on vital information", Physics World, February 2015
Review of Information Age: Six Networks That Changed the World, edited by Tilly Blyth

 

2015: "The ascent of English", Nature, 12 March 2015
Review of Scientific Babel: The Language of Science from the Fall of Latin to the Rise of English by Michael Gordin
Listen to a Nature podcast about the review


2015: "Reality change and check", The Lancet, 21 November 2015

Review of the film, Steve Jobs


2016: "Artist and empire", History Today, February 2016
Review of the Tate Britain exhibition, Artist and Empire: Facing Britain's Imperial Past

 

2016: "Asylums and after", Science, 14 October 2016

Review of the Wellcome Collection exhibition, Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond

 

2016: "Four shakes a second", The Daily Telegraph, 15 October 2016

Review of Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher

   

2017: "All around Turing", New Scientist, 7 January 2017

Review of The Turing Guide by Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, Mark Sprevak and Robin Wilson

 

2017: "The cradle of humanity", Current World Archaeology, 81, 2017

Review of The Cradle of Humanity: How the Changing Landscape of Africa Made Us So Smart by Mark Maslin


2017: "Hipposandals, plague pits and chamberpots", The Lancet, 8 April 2017

Review of the Museum of London exhibition, Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail


2017: "Prophet of the space age", The Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2017

Review of Arthur C. Clarke: Odyssey of a Visionary by Neil McAleer


2018: "Einstein goes east", Science, 18 May 2018

Review of The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922-1923, edited by Ze'ev Rosenkranz

 

2018: "Revisiting the culture wars", Nature, 5 July 2018

Review of A Future in Ruins: Unesco, World Heritage, and the Dream of Peace, by Lynn Meskell


2018: "A physicist's final reflections", Science, 16 November 2018

Review of Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking


2019: "How Victorian England inspired Vincent van Gogh and his art", The Lancet, 27 April 2019

Review of the film, At Eternity's Gate, and the Tate Britain exhibition, Van Gogh and Britain


Features


1998: "'I've been in revolt all my life'", The Times, 4 February 1998
Profile of Henri Cartier-Bresson


1998: "Cutting edge of cinema", The Guardian, 7 September 1998
Obituary of Akira Kurosawa
 
2000: "Mayan treasures deep in the jungle", The Times, 19 August 2000
Travel feature about Mayan art in Mexico

2002: "'I had no idea that madness in the Islamic world had gone so far'", The Times, 7 August 2002

Profile of V. S. Naipaul on his 70th birthday

2004: "Henri Cartier-Bresson", The Guardian, 5 August 2004
Obituary of Henri Cartier-Bresson

2005: "Ray of light still shines in the dark", The Times, 18 August 2005
Feature about Satyajit Ray on the 50th anniversary of his first film, Pather Panchali


2014: "How do we know how to measure longitude?", (BBC) Focus, Summer 2014
Feature about the history of measuring longitude on the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Prize


2015: "Restored Apu Trilogy returns Satyajit Ray's humane work to theaters", The New York Times,
10 May 2015 
Feature about the US re-release of a restored version of the Apu Trilogy


2016: "London shaken and stirred", BBC History Magazine, April 2016
Feature about the London earthquakes of 1750

2016: "Forgotten Utopia", New Scientist, 17 September 2016
Cover feature about the ancient Indus civilisation and its lack of warfare


2017: "He wrote the future", Nature, 19 January 2017
Feature about Arthur C. Clarke on his birth centenary


2018: "Thus spake Albert", Aeon, 12 March 2018
Feature about why we love to quote--and misquote--Albert Einstein

2018: "Tom Lehrer at 90", Nature, 5 April 2018
Feature about mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer


2019: "The experiment that made Einstein famous", The Wall Street Journal, 14 February 2019
Feature about the solar eclipse of 1919 and its confirmation of general relativity


2019: "How Britain saved Einstein", BBC History Magazine, December 2019

Feature about Albert Einstein's escape to Britain from Nazi death threats in 1933


 

2. SCIENCE AND THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

 

2005: "A polymath's dilemma", Nature, 17 November 2005

Feature about Thomas Young, and polymathy in science

 

2014: "How do we know the structure of the periodic table?", (BBC) Focus, March 2014
Feature about the history of the periodic table of the chemical elements

2014: "Good scientists and honest people", Physics World, June 2014
Review of Nuclear Dawn: F. E. Simon and the Race for Atomic Weapons in World War II by Kenneth D. McRae

2016: "In search of Ramanujan", Nature, 31 March 2016
Review of the film, The Man Who Knew Infinity
 

2016: "The Marconi connection", New Scientist, 13 August 2016
Review of Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy

 

2016: "Use a toad to catch a quake", New Scientist, 3 December 2016

Feature about Zhang Heng, inventor of the world's first seismoscope

 

2017: "The mathematics of life, death, and beauty", The Lancet, 18 February 2017

Review of the Mathematics gallery at the Science Museum and its catalogue by David Rooney

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2017: "Scientist, theologian, and heretic", The Lancet, 7 October 2017

Review of Priest of Nature: The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton by Rob Iliffe


2019: "The eclipse that made Einstein famous", Science, 10 May 2019

Review of Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I by Matthew Stanley and No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse that Confirmed Einstein's Theory of Relativity by Daniel Kennefick


2019: "The tempestuous genius of Fritz Zwicky", Physics World, December 2019

Review of Zwicky: The Outcast Genius Who Unmasked the Universe by John Johnson Jr


 

3. ARCHAEOLOGY AND SCRIPTS

 

2002: "Cracking the Linear B code", BBC History Magazine, July 2002

Feature about Michael Ventris

 

2006: "Visible marks of the move from sound to stone", The Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 February 2006
Review of The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process edited by Stephen Houston and Ideogram by J. Marshall Unger


2009: "Decoding antiquity: eight scripts that still can’t be read", New Scientist, 30 May 2009
Cover feature based on Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts

 
2010: "Corpus of Indus seals and inscriptions", Antiquity, 2010
Review of volume 3 of the Corpus edited by Asko Parpola, B. M. Pande and Petteri Koskikallio
 
2014: "Eight mummies, eight stories", The Lancet, 21 June 2014
Review of the British Museum exhibition, Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
 
2014: "The ark before Noah", Current World Archaeology, 66, 2014
Review of The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood by Irving Finkel
 
2017: "Gibberish or code?", The Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2017
Review of The Voynich Manuscript with a foreword by Stephen Skinner and introduction by Rafal T. Prinke and Rene Zandbergen
 
2017: "The wonder of the pyramids", Nature, 19 October 2017
Review of Giza and the Pyramids by Mark Lehner and Zahi Hawass

2018: "Hero of the hieroglyphs", Minerva, May-June 2018
Feature about Jean-François Champollion

2019: "Excavating Uruk", Science, 22 November 2019
Review of Uruk: First City of the Ancient World edited by Timothy Potts
 
 
4. INDIAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

1999: "India: heat, dust and fading glory", The Daily Telegraph, 10 July 1999
Travel feature about the Shekhawati murals of Rajasthan

2011: "Behind India's technological boom", Nature, 7 April 2011
Review of Dead Ringers: How Outsourcing is Changing the Way Indians Understand Themselves
by Shehzad Nadeem
 
2012: "Deep Focus", Sight and Sound, June 2012
Review of Deep Focus: Reflections on Cinema by Satyajit Ray
 
2012: "Ravi Shankar", The Independent, 12 December 2012
Obituary of Ravi Shankar 

2013: "A too-soft critique of India's growth", Science, 6 September 2013
Review of An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions by Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen
 
2013: "The scientific Buddha: his short and happy life", Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, October 2013
Review of The Scientific Buddha: His Short and Happy Life by Donald S. Lopez Jr

2014: "Charm and muddle", The Times Literary Supplement, 1 August 2014
Review of A Strange Kind of Paradise:India Through Foreign Eyes by Sam Miller

2016: "A people's history", BBC  History Magazine, March 2016
Review of Incarnations: India in 50 Lives by Sunil Khilnani
 
2016: "Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanswami", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
Biographical entry on R. K. Narayan 
 

2017: "Little more than tea and cricket", History Today, April 2017

Review of Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor


2019: "Unicorns from Utopia", British Museum Magazine, Autumn 2019

Feature about the Indus civilisation