who writes science books

Who writes science books?

The last of the SciBookChat videos went up today! Well, I might make more in the future, but this was the end of the six I had prepared. Next year will start with a completely different video, and then there is another science/book-related one in the works, but not a…

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…

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.


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).

BookTubeAThon Reading List

Last year I did my first BookTubeAThon (video below) which got me back into reading and slightly more confident about recording my face on video. This year, BookTubeAThon is July 18 to 24, which conveniently overlaps with my vacation for four of the seven days, so I’ve collected a pile…

Science Lab Furniture

This is a scene from the latest Portlandia episode, mocking the trend for lab glassware as housewares. (Video available on Facebook, or on the IFC YouTube channel if you’re in the USA)   I hope real scientists are exempt from mocking, because I have a test tube spice rack, erlenmeyer…

Image origins: That walking molecule

Suddenly it’s everywhere: a gif of a molecule stepping along, carrying a big load. It’s currently going viral online, with text suggesting that it’s a myosin molecule carrying endorphins in the brain. It’s none of that. First of all, it’s not a myosin molecule, but kinesin. They’re both motor proteins…