It’s entirely unrelated to mathematics, but I’ve just noticed that the Guardian’s website has, a sub-topic of science, “Richard Dawkins”. For some reason this strikes me as a depressing metaphor for the shoddy approach to science journalism one seems to find in the English press (can’t speak for Scotland, but I’d be amazed if The Scotsman or The Herald were significantly better). Why does he warrant a category of his own? why not put articles by or concerning him alongside other “public (mis-)understanding of science” stories? Why, in short, play the man and not the ball?