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Science Book a Day Interviews Richard Robinson

Science Book a Day Interviews Richard Robinson

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Special thanks to Steve Jenkins for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – My Manager and Other Animals

Richard is best known for building and voicing puppets for various television series such as Spitting Image. In the mid-1990s, after years taking his children to the Science Museum and related educational events he found a new outlet as a science busker, visiting schools and…

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#flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Tim Birkhead

This week’s #flashbackfriday is from January 6, 2014. It is an interview that we did with…

#flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Tim Birkhead

This week’s #flashbackfriday is from January 6, 2014. It is an interview that we did with…

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How Many Jelly Beans?

How Many Jelly Beans?

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By Andrea Menotti  (Author), Yancey Labat (Illustrator)

Synopsis: How many jelly beans are enough? How many are too many? Aiden and Emma can’t decide. Is 10 enough? How about 1,000? That’s a lot of jelly beans. But eaten over a whole year, it’s only two or three a day. This giant picture book offers kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers. Starting with 10, each page shows more and…

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Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries

Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries

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By Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

Synopsis: Since 1901 there have been over three hundred recipients of the Nobel Prize in the sciences. Only ten of them — about 3 percent — have been women. Why? In this updated version of Nobel Prize Women in Science, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores the reasons for this astonishing disparity by examining the lives and achievements of fifteen women scientists who…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Steve Jenkins

Science Book a Day Interviews Steve Jenkins

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Special thanks to Steve Jenkins for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest–and Most Surprising–Animals on Earth

My interest in science led me to believe that I’d be a scientist myself. At the last minute, I chose instead to go to art school in North Carolina, where I studied graphic design.…

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The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts

The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts

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By Sarah Dry

Synopsis: When Isaac Newton died in 1727 without a will, he left behind a wealth of papers that, when examined, gave his followers and his family a deep sense of unease. Some of what they contained was wildly heretical and alchemically obsessed, hinting at a Newton altogether stranger and less palatable than the one enshrined in Westminster Abbey as the paragon of English…

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So It’s Cancer: Now What?

So It’s Cancer: Now What?

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By Ranjana Srivastava

Synopsis: ‘You have cancer.’

These three small words have the power to dramatically change your existence.  They can set in motion events that leave you – the patient – feeling out of control of your own body and circumstances.  And while there are still many mysteries about cancer, it’s important to understand the illness and how it will affect your life.

With her trademark…

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Science Book a Day Interviews James Kaufman, Oshin Vartanian, and Adam Bristol

Science Book a Day Interviews James Kaufman, Oshin Vartanian, and Adam Bristol

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Special thanks to Oshin Vartanian, Adam S Bristol and James C Kaufman for answering 5 questions about their recently featured book – Neuroscience and Creativity

Oshin Vartanian is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Adam S. Bristol is Portfolio Manager at Aquilo Capital Management, a life sciences investment fund based in San Francisco.

James C. Kaufman,…

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Feeding the Ten Billion, Plants and Population Growth

Feeding the Ten Billion, Plants and Population Growth

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By L T Evans

Synopsis: At the current rate of increase, the world’s population is likely to reach ten billion by the middle of the twenty-first century. What will be the challenges posed by feeding this population and how can they be addressed? Written to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Malthus’ seminal Essay on the Principle of Population, this fascinating book looks at the…

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Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live

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By Marlene Zuk

Synopsis: An exposé of pseudoscientific myths about our evolutionary past and how we should live today.

We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football—or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our…

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A Rough Ride To The Future

A Rough Ride To The Future

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By James Lovelock

Synopsis: James Lovelock, who has been hailed as ‘the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin’ (Independent) and ‘the most profound scientific thinker of our time’ (Literary Review) continues, in his 95th year, to be the great scientific visionary of our age. This book introduces two new Lovelockian ideas. The first is that…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Yoram Bauman

Science Book a Day Interviews Yoram Bauman

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Special thanks to Yoram Bauman for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

Yoram Bauman, “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”, performs regularly at colleges and corporate events, sharing the stage with everyone from Robin Williams to Paul Krugman. He has appeared in TIME Magazine and on PBS and NPR, and is the co-author of…

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#flashbackfriday: The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

#flashbackfriday this week is from January 11, 2014. The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet…

#flashbackfriday: The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

#flashbackfriday this week is from January 11, 2014. The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet…

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Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom

Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom

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By Leila Schneps, Coralie Colmez 

Synopsis: In the wrong hands, math can be deadly. Even the simplest numbers can become powerful forces when manipulated by politicians or the media, but in the case of the law, your liberty—and your life—can depend on the right calculation.

In Math on Trial, mathematicians Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez describe ten trials spanning from the nineteenth century…

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

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By Oliver Sacks

Other Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

Synopsis: In his most extraordinary book, “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century” (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.

Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the…

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