The first of Viewpoint’s themed issues, #92 traces the relationships between geography and the history of science, travelling in its pages to Cornish cliff-tops and Amazon rainforests, on transatlantic airships and under Parisian streets. Simon Naylor’s feature article (1-3) reveals how he has researched the history of science in Cornwall, and emphasises the importance of regionality in the past practice of the sciences. Diarmid Finnegan reflects more widely in his column on the importance of geography to the history of science, chronicling their very spatial relationship (7). Iris Montero reports on the Outreach and Education Committee’s activity based on the South American travels of Henry Walter Bates (4-5), and Ruth Horry also travels across the Atlantic, in her BSHS grant report on ‘Botany of the Air’: flying fungi, and the man who chased them (8-9).

Viewpoint 92 [2.3Mb, pdf]