A “torrent” of enthusiastic e-mails and telephone calls greeted Guardian science supplement Life on its launch last week. So many, that editor Alan Rusbridger claims he has found an “obvious gap in the market”.
Rusbridger was speaking at the launch party for the supplement, edited by Emily Wilson, where he said that his paper had been the first to have a science correspondent – and it had had only four since 1925. The current holder of the title, Tim Radford, he described as “the absolute doyen of science correspondents”.
The Guardian’s partner in the enterprise is the US-owned magazine Nature. Their coming together had been the result of a chance encounter and what Nature managing director Annette Thomas described as “location, location, location” – the pair have offices just 20 minutes apart.