Tagged: book review

The climate change denial industry - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 26, 2010

Book review: The climate denial industry and climate science – a brief history of attacks on climate science, climate scientists and the IPCC by Cindy Baxter Publisher: Greenpeace International (24 March, 2010) Number of pages: 25 Publishers description: This report describes 20 years of organised attacks on climate science, scientists and the IPCC. It sets out [...] … Read More

137 years of Popular Science back issues, free - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 08, 2010

One-hundred and thirty-seven years of back issues of the monthly magazine Popular Science are now available on-line free. [caption id="attachment_1598" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Popular Science cover, October 1977. (Source: Google books)"][/caption] You can either search the Popular Science archives, or access issues via Google books. It does not appear to be possible to download … Read More

Clear science communication - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 08, 2010

Book review: Am I Making Myself Clear?: A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public by Cornelia Dean Price US$13.57 Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0674036352 ISBN-13: 978-0674036352 I bet you can name some good science communicators. People like Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Carolyn Porco, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lawrence … Read More

Ethics and climate action: we’re in this together - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 12, 2010

The reason international negotiations to tackle climate change are not working is because they have been premised on long-established norms of state sovereignty and states’ rights. Consequently they are characterised by “diplomatic delay, minimal action -– especially relative to the scale of the problem – and mutual blame between rich and poor countries, resulting in [...] … Read More

The gossip test - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 16, 2009

Francis Crick’s book What Mad Pursuit recounts a test he had for what he should explore that he called “The gossip test”. Introspection plays an important role in science: you get to ask yourself why you are doing something. It’s part of that thing that Feynman famously described, the “not fooling yourself” thing. Read More

Science book suggestions for Christmas - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 03, 2009

If you've got a scientist in the family–or a bright spark wanting to be one–here's a few websites listing some ideas. I suspect you're a bit late for ordering from the like of Amazon, so you might have to resort to trotting around the better bookshops... good way of killing time anyway! The Royal Society … Read More

Book review: Buried Alive - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 26, 2009

I have to join the latest trend at sciblogs: morbid book reviews. Ya gotta love 'em... [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Buried Alive - Bondeson"][/caption] Seriously, our forensic science sciblog, Anna Sandiford, has a couple of book reviews out recently, one of which I've read (and enjoyed) and one I … Read More

150 years since the publication of On the origin of species today - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 24, 2009

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was published in London on 24 November 1859, while Darwin was taking the water-cure at Ilkley. It was a very ordinary-looking volume bound in sturdy green cloth, 502 pages long, and somewhat expensively priced at fourteen shillings, not nearly as gaily decked out as Murray's red-and-gilt version of Darwin's earlier Journal of Researches … Read More