Category Archives: Books

An 80th annivirusary

For most of us, appearances on TV are still unusual enough to generate some excitement.  Even just a slight chance of a televisual encounter can get the pulse racing. Last December I became briefly excited on hearing that the BBC were … Continue reading

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Not quite a book prize

It is the season for scientific prizes – this month already we have had the K. J. Zülch Prize, the Perkin medal, the Keio medical science prize, the Balzan prizes, the Golden Goose awards and the Lasker prizes. Science writing … Continue reading

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Another collection of essays

Last year I gave a shameless plug for the Mill Hill Essays that I produce each year.  Here is another plug, for the latest collection – Mill Hill Essays 2011-12. The printed booklets have been distributed (free to libraries and other … Continue reading

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It’s a book, but not as we know it

A series of 21 online books has been launched as part of an initiative to provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. The aim is to create: a resource for researching and teaching relevant science issues across the … Continue reading

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Now that’s what I call inflation!

A great snippet from Science Insider on an out-of-print book that was advertised on Amazon for $23,698,655! The book was The Making of a Fly by Peter Lawrence (from MRC’s Lab Molecular Biology at Cambridge, not University of Cambridge as … Continue reading

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Finding history in weeding

I mentioned here recently that my Library is going through another wave of major relocation and disposal. Previous waves over the last 15 years have seen us moving large card catalogues, abstracting and indexing tools and older journals and putting … Continue reading

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Books, Poetry and Prizes

Scientific poetry competitions are catching on.  First there was a genomics poetry competition, organised by the Genomics Forum and the Scottish Poetry Library.  You’ve missed the deadline for entries; winners are due to be announced in November. More recently the … Continue reading

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More able type

I like to think of myself as a more able type of fellow – though with a growing tendency to be helpless, especially when it comes to hardware malfunctions. I reckon I should be able to figure out new versions … Continue reading

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