Tagged: books

Vote for your favourite book - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 10, 2017

The GoodReads Choice Awards is the only major book award decided by readers – you! Even if you’re not sure about voting, the mid rounds of competitions offer great reading lists to explore. Get to it! Don’t take too long – the semi-final round ends in three days. (There is a final round from November 14th until November 27th.) … Read More

Cat zero and reading for those who like science in fiction to be real - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 07, 2017

A quick introduction to Cat Zero and lablit. Some of us like the science in our fiction to be real. Don’t get me wrong. I can take a premise to buy into a story, even real doozies (well, up to a point…!)[1] But once I’ve done the deal with the author to buy into their plot, I prefer the science … Read More

Three Inspiring Biology Reads - Pointing At Science

Steve Pointing Jul 07, 2017

Here are the top three readings that have inspired me in science. What do you think? What are your favourite articles?   #3 Endolithic microorganisms in the Antarctic cold desert by Imre Friedmann Emperor Penguins huddling together in Antarctica. I was truly fortunate to work briefly with Imre Friedmann when he was at NASA Ames Research Center. Read More

Excellent reading from the Wellcome Book Prize long-list - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 01, 2017

These should all be excellent reading. You can think of this long-list as a list of excellent reads related to “medicine, health or illness” from many types of writing, fiction or non-fiction.* The 2017 long-list has five fiction titles and twelve non-fiction titles. The shortlist will be the exceptional reads, and the winner the pick of the bunch given the criteria and the current … Read More

An economist chooses his favourite books of 2016 - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Dec 18, 2016

Surrounded by “isn’t it awful”, “the world is going to the dogs” types? Here are two antidotes: Nobel laureate Angus Deaton’s The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality and Johan Norberg’s Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future. Both document the immense progress made in the past three hundred years by large parts … Read More

Tsundoku - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 04, 2013

Just hours before heading off the Dunedin’s annual fund-raiser for the Regent Theatre, the 24-hour booksale, I read this tweet from New Zealand science writer Veronika Meduna: great, the Japanese have a word for "the act of buying books and not reading them, leaving them to pile up": tsundoku http://i.imgur.com/kRgaXcQ.jpg  I … Read More