It seems to be a season of free reading material.


Alison pointed us to Bones, Stones and Genes: the origin of modern humans, produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Statistics is important for everyone, not just scientists. Journalists and science writers included, for that matter. Free on-line is a multiple author effort headed by David Lane. You’ve no excuse now. This won’t make you an expert - it’s an introductory book aimed at those trying to get to grips with statistics. The little I have skimmed of it reads easily. There is a PDF copy (although apparently lagging behind the on-line version).

For the more geeky amongst us there is a recent take on evolution by Eugenie Koonin, The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution, can be obtained via Amazon. It’s free for Kindle users. If you don’t have Kindle, download a copy of Amazon’s Kindle reader software, install it, then register the application (it’ll want an Amazon user’s email address and password), then order the book (for $0) from Amazon. This one I’ll be digging into, especially as I’m keen on the role of (RNA) viruses in evolution.

I’m hoping to add to my personal library of print books in a couple of days in Dunedin’s annual 24-hour book sale. While rugby-heads will be watching the opening match of the Rugby World Cup, chances are fair that I’ll be head down browsing my way through the stacks…!

Then I need to find time to actually read

Readers are welcome–encouraged–to share other free reading they’ve found recently.

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Science-y reading and open book thread

Expert Witness — new forensic science book

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