Book review: Career Options for Biomedical Scientists

Career Options for Biomedical Scientists Edited by Kaaren Janssen and Richard Sever Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-936113-72-9 PhD students in biomedical sciences are often trained only for a future career in research. Their supervisor only had experience in research, and might expect their students to follow the…

ways of curating

Book review: Ways of curating

If you’ve heard me talk about science unconferences, you may have noticed me refer to this quote before: “At a conference the most important things happen in the coffee break” – Hans-Ulrich Obrist It comes from a 2008 Edge interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and refers to an event he organised…

coloring with cell

Coloring with Cell

I picked up “Coloring with Cell” from a conference recently. (On the last day, when all exhibitors are trying to get rid of their materials, and instead take back the top swag from other exhibitors…) This book is a coloring book from Cell, full of cell biology images just waiting…

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Book review: A Matter of Time

In “A Matter Of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove“, Portland-based music educator John Lamb combines his backgrounds in music, biology, and psychology to explain the science behind concepts we usually take for granted. It might seem easy to define what a “rhythm” is in terms of time…

Book review: Are Dolphins Really Smart?

Dolphins! The chirpy, smiley poster children of tropical vacations and rainbow stickers, always rescuing humans from drowning or depression, and so very smart – or…are they? This is the question that “Are Dolphins Really Smart?”, by Justin Gregg, tries to answer. Both dolphins and neuroscience have some associations with the…

1962 book about solar energy

Book about solar energy from 1962

In the summer after I graduated high school, my chemistry teacher dropped off two heavy boxes of old chemistry books from his PhD days that he was getting rid of.One of the books was a 1962 book about solar energy. I was the only one of his students who was…

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Book review – Guitar Zero

I mostly look in the science section of the bookstore when I’m looking for books about music and science, because, from experience, that’s where they usually are. But last month I found Guitar Zero, by Gary Marcus, in the music section of Waterstones. Guitar Zero is the story of Marcus’…

Book review: The Reputation Society

The internet is an interesting place. I can’t remember exactly what I was looking for, but a few weeks ago I was clicking around on the web and discovered that friends of mine had edited a book that was recently published: The Reputation Society. A few other people I know…

Book Review – Geek Nation

I’ve never been to India, but I did change planes at the airport in Delhi on my way to Kathmandu this summer. Delhi airport looks like every other major international airport, with a Body Shop, WH Smith, and Costa Coffee. The shops accepted American dollars, but gave change in rupees….

Meme splicing

There are some things I don’t like as much as people expect me to like them. Talk radio is one of those things, and poetry another. So it should come as a surprise (but only because I just told you this) that I was listening to talk radio a few…