In his review of The Third Lens: Metaphor and the Creation of
Modern Cell Biology, by Andrew S. Reynolds (Books, 6 September), Jon Turney argues that the book “should be an encouragement to explore other fields in the same way”. Such a subject could be the psychology of memory. In a 1980 paper, Henry L. Roediger III gathered together 36 metaphors for memory, which included a “wax tablet”, a “cow’s stomach” and a “mystic writing pad”. Unfortunately, he omitted my favourite, which is the “lardarium”, or great storehouse, proposed by St Augustine of Hippo.
R. E. Rawles
Honorary research fellow in psychology UCL