Welcome to my website

I'm an astronomer, science writer, and musician based in Dundee, Scotland. On this website, now into its 17th year, you'll find about 15,000 pages of information divided into five major encyclopedia – of science, alternative energy and sustainable living, history, music, and science for children. There are links to all these resources on this page.


Also on this page, down the right-hand side, you'll see listed many of my books and my music album, together with links to them at Amazon. Most of the books are available in print or Kindle format; the album can be downloaded or streamed from all major digital platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.


Many thanks for stopping by. For daily updates, please follow me on Facebook and Twitter


The Encyclopedia of Science, with more than 12,000 articles is now in its 17th year online. It covers all aspects of physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, medicine, mathematics, science fiction, and the history of science.


The Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living, which includes 1,000 articles, covers a full range of green subjects.


The Encyclopedia of History, with more than 400 articles, spans topics from the dawn of culture to the modern age.


The Encyclopedia of Modern Music contains more than 800 articles on all aspects of musical theory, types, instruments, sound engineering, and performance.


The Children’s Encyclopedia of Science contains a range of resources aimed at younger readers. It is largely based on David's books for juveniles.



Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia

My latest book, co-authored with Dirk Schulze-Makuch, is a completely revised edition of The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia (first published in 2000).


Available in hardback, paperback, and Kindle formats, it contains hundreds of entries on all aspects of the search for life in the universe, including astrobiology, SETI, the origins of life, exoplanets, science fiction, the history of thought about life beyond Earth, and even the lore of UFOs. Entries are heavily cross-linked so that the reader can explore topics in depth.


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New Design

The Worlds of David Darling is getting a makeover – not only a new design for but also mobile-friendly pages.


The website had its origins back in 1999, long before most other on-line information sites, such as Wikipedia, existed, and has gone through many changes since its debut. Its current 15,000 pages on all aspects of science, technology, mathematics, history, and other subjects are constantly being updated and added to on a daily basis. Thanks for your support – and keep on visiting!

Find me on FB

Be sure to check out my three Facebook pages – The Worlds of David Darling, Songs of the Cosmos (all about music), and, the latest one, the Science of Disney (for those who enjoy retrofuturism with an optimistic slant).


To go to The Worlds of David Darling FB page, click here.


To go to Songs of Cosmos FB page, click here.


To go to Science of Disney FB page, click here.


Mayday! is all about the extraordinary exploits of pioneering aviators, from some of the early balloonists to test pilots who’ve flown to the edge of the atmosphere. This was one of my favorite books to write – the kind of real-life adventure book I’ve always enjoyed. Available everywhere in paperback or for Kindle.


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Songs of the Cosmos

Songs of the Cosmos, my first music album, was inspired by various ideas I’ve talked about in my books, plus some tunes that just came into my head and I wanted to share. You can download individual tunes or the entire album from all the usual digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon.


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The first edition of The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia was published in 2000. Now, 16 years later, a new edition is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book form from Amazon and all major booksellers. The new edition incorporates all the changes and developments in subjects related to the search for life in the universe that have taken place since the book first came out, including the discovery of more than 2,000 planets around other stars, new missions to planets, moons, and smaller objects in the Solar System, breakthroughs in research connected with the origins of life and the extreme conditions under which organisms can survive. The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia, however, goes beyond the modern science of life in the universe, and includes the history of thought on the subject, popular speculations, and fictional portrayals of alien life from early times to the present day.


Some reviews of my book Mayday!, about amazing pioneering aviators. Available on-line (Amazon, etc) and from bookstores everywhere. (Note this is the paperback edition of what was previously titled The Rocket Man.)


Booklist : “Darling provides an eclectic collection of aviation biographies in this delightful salute to a series of largely overlooked flight pioneers. Reaching back to trend-setting balloonist Sophie Armant, who was an early nineteenth-century celebrity until her fiery end, Darling then highlights a multitude of unsung heroes, including the inspiration for The Great Waldo Pepper (1975); the original X-Men (as in the men who flew the sound barrier-busting X-planes); and William Weaver, the Lockheed test pilot who survived the breakup of his SR-71 at a speed of Mach 3 and an altitude of 15 miles. An inspirational text full of can-do spirit,... will be well received by aviation aficionados and armchair adventurers everywhere”


Daily Mail (Sep 18, 2005) : “Intriguing and entertaining”


Brian Clegg, author of Inflight Science : “Gripping... dazzling tales of madness and derring do”


Popular Science : “'David Darling has cleverly avoided wheeling out all the old familiar names... a rollicking, rip-roaring tale. 4 stars”


Wall Street Journal : “Impressive”


BBC Focus : “A mix of good old-fashioned silliness and some fine science writing”