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Taking mother nature as our inspiration for Summer Science this year, join us straight from the Royal Society’s archives as we journey through the microscopic discoveries of both sea and land to the giants of the art and science worlds to see how scientists from our past observed and captured (via pen, paintbrush and lens) features of nature, climate and biodiversity.

Peer inside the pages of the first photo book in history capturing the blue depths of algae (made by a female botanist and photographer), explore the unexpected science of the great Victorian artist and critic John Ruskin through our Google Arts & Culture Exhibition, and discover the glamorous history of the Summer Science Exhibition itself whilst having a go at capturing images of science yourself with our live Doodle of the Day.