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Who writes science books?

by Eva Amsen

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 chat.

Anyway, for this last video of the season, I pulled twenty books off my shelves to talk a bit about the authors. The previous videos I made all emphasized that there are lots of different kinds of books related to science: books about science, books about scientists, fiction, graphic novels, etc. This video is about all the different kinds of people that write science books: scientists, science writers, writers with no science background, groups of people, bloggers.

If you like seeing what people have on their bookshelves, you will enjoy this.

Also, I drink from an erlenmeyer flask, and I say dumb things in the outro at the end (like “I don’t always know when something is a dinosaur”), so stay tuned for that.


Books shown in this video:

  • Charles Darwin’s autobiography
  • The Double Helix – James Watson
  • The Two Cultures – CP Snow
  • Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  • Microcosm – Carl Zimmer
  • Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier
  • The Honest Look – Jennifer Rohn
  • The Science of Discworld – Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  • The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who – Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula
  • Geek Nation – Angela Saini
  • How the Hippies Saved Physics – David Kaiser
  • The Jazz of Physics – Stephon Alexander
  • Guitar Zero – Gary Marcus
  • This is Your Brain on Music – Daniel Levitin
  • The Great Animal Orchestra – Bernie Krause
  • Six Degrees – Duncan Watts
  • Science Tales – Daryl Cunningham
  • An Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore
  • The Best Science Writing Online 2012

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