Six book reviews in the May 2004 issue of Notes and Records: Marco Beretta, Imaging a career in science: the iconography of Antoine Laurent Lavoisier. Ulf Lagerkvist, Pioneers of microbiology and the Nobel Prize. C. Djerassi and D. Pinner, Newton's darkness: two dramatic views. Ted Dadswell, The Selborne pioneer. Gilbert White as naturalist and scientist: a re–examination. William Tobin, The life and science of Léon Foucault: the man who proved the Earth rotates. Robert Siegfried, From elements to atoms: a history of chemical composition.