Nine book reviews in the May 2000 issue of Notes and Records. Penelope Gouk, Music, science and natural magic in seventeenth-century England. J.M. Olson and J.M. Pasachoff, Fire in the sky: comets and meteors, the decisive centuries, in British art and science. Nuncius, Annali di Storia della Scienza. Anno XIV, fasc. 1. Olschki, Firenze, 1999. Pp. 417, Lit. 200 000 per year outside Italy. Desmond King-Hele, Erasmus Darwin, a life of unequalled achievement. John E. Thornes, John Constable's skies: a fusion of art and science. Colin A. Russell, Edward Frankland: chemistry, controversy and conspiracy in Victorian England. J. R. Smith, Everest: the man and the mountain. Barbara T. Gates, Kindred nature: Victorian and Edwardian women embrace the living world. Karl Sabbagh, A rum affair.