Michael Bywater

Carbon – the stuff of life we’re shamefully ignorant about

26 May 2018 9:00 am

‘I didn’t realise we were carbon,’ said a friend to whom I mentioned this book. She was the first of…

A piece of the Antikythera Mechanism, on display at the Archaeological Museum, Athens. (Getty Images)

Deeply mysterious

13 May 2017 9:00 am

The human urge for personal hygiene has had many improbable side-effects, and I can confidently assert that through the ages,…