Twelve book reviews in the September 2003 issue of Notes and Records: Georgina Ferry, Dorothy Hodgkin: a life. J.D. Bernal: a life in science and politics. Edited by Brenda Swann and Francis Aprahamian. Max Perutz, I wish I'd made you angry earlier. Essays on science and scientists. A. Rupert Hall, Isaac Newton: eighteenth-century perspectives. G.I. Brown, Count Rumford. The extraordinary life of a scientific genius. The correspondence of Michael Faraday, volume 4. Edited by Frank A.J.L. James. The philosopher's tree: A selection of Michael Faraday's writings. Compiled, with commentary, by Peter Day. Science and exploration in the Pacific. European voyages to the Southern Oceans in the 18th century. Edited by Margarette Lincoln. Gillian Beer, Open fields: science in cultural encounter. Rocky Kolb, Blind watchers of the sky. Jan Golinski, Making natural knowledge. Constructivism and the history of science. Simon Conway Morris, The crucible of Creation: the Burgess Shale and the rise of animals.