Science books vs science papers

Why are science books more fun to read than science papers? Let's compare an interesting passage in a book with the corresponding source material.

Eeyore, Candide and Biochemistry

What do Eeyore and Candide have to do with biochemistry? The answer lies in a question in an old biochemistry textbook.
scientists in fiction

Scientists in Fiction

In today’s SciBookChat video I pick up Frankenstein again (first featured in this video) and compare him to a more modern scientist in a more recent book. How have scientists in fiction changed? There’s also a plug for LabLit, and intro music by Sam, and of course I drink tea…

The saddest cake story

Remember when I made a DNA cake that spelled “CAKE”? Shortly after that did the rounds on the internet, people spotted mistakes. The helix was turned in the wrong direction, and I had failed to stay on the same strand in the twist so the colours were wrong in every…

Science books about people

Some science books are not so much about science as they are about people. In this video I show three of these books: Geek Nation, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and How the Hippies Saved Physics.

What kind of book is a science book? – SciBookChat

What is a science book? And what kind of books would you expect in the science section of a bookstore? This SciBookChat video explores these questions.


Busy, but organised

I haven’t done a general update in forever! I’ve been busy (but organised) lately, so this is as good a time as ever for a catch-up blog post. Here’s what I’ve been up to. TGMI website One of the main things I’ve been busy with at work is the Transforming…


SciBookChat season 2: science in books

Introduction to the second season of SciBookChat: A Youtube series in which I discuss science in books (science books and other books).

How to find images for your science blog

How to find images for your science blog – Part 2

In this second installment, we look at making your own images for your science blog, or asking for permission. If all else fails, you can buy images.

How to find images for your science blog – Part 1

This is the first part of a two-part blog post on where and how to find images for (science) blogs. Includes lots of raccoon pictures as examples!