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Science Book a Day Interviews Jason Chin

My interview with Jason Chin.

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Jason_ChinSpecial thanks to Jason Chin for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Redwoods

Jason grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, and studied illustration at Syracuse University.  In 2001 he moved to New York City and found a job at a children’s bookstore in Manhattan.  It was through co-workers at the store that Jason found his way to his current publisher, Roaring Brook Press. – From Jason’s Homepage

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#1 – What was the impetus for this book?

I made Redwoods when I lived in New York City.  I rode the subway every day to work (at a children’s bookstore) and one day I was reading an article in a magazine about Redwood trees and the scientists that study them.  The article sparked my imagination — I started to day dream about exploring the canopy and when I got home I started doing…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Tim Birkhead

My Interview with TIm Birkhead

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tim-birkheadSpecial thanks to Tim Birkhead for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird

I have been a bird watcher since I was very young and I have been lucky enough to be a professional ornithologist throughout my career. As a professor of Zoology at the University of Sheffield, in the Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, I teach animal behaviour to first year students and the history and philosophy of science to third year students. My research on birds spans several decades and has resulted in over 200 scientific papers and a number of books. I am committed to the public understanding of what academic scientists do. I have written for New Scientist, Natural History (USA), BBC Wildlife, The Independent (science page), Biological Sciences Review, the Times Education Supplement (TES), and for seven years since 2004 have had a monthly column in…

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Science Book a Day Interviews George Johnson

My Interview with George Johnson

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Special thanks to George Johnson for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery

I am a writer working from my office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My newest book, The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery, has just been published. I appear on for a show called Science Faction and my blog, Fire in the Mind, is at My previous book, The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, is out in paperback, and foreign rights have been sold in 15 languages.  Two of my books have been shortlisted for the Royal Society book prize. – Adapted from George’s Homepage

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#1 – Some of your previous books deal with physics. What made you write a book on cancer? How was it different writing about biological vs physics concepts?

I became interested in cancer — and then fascinated by its intricacies —…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Gillian Richardson

My interview with Gillian Richardson

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Special thanks to Gillian Richardson for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – 10 Plants That Shook The World

I’m a Canadian author who has published 17 books for children. They include nonfiction, novels and picture books. I’ve written numerous short stories and articles for children’s magazines such as Cricket and KNOW. My writing is aimed at young readers from 7-14. My work has earned recognition on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s ‘Our Choice” list and in Best Books for Children and Teens. – Adapted from Gillian’s Blog

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#1 – What was the impetus for writing 10 Plants the shook the World?

My publisher, Annick Press, came across this idea in the sidebar of a gardening magazine article. They approached me to write the book based on the original list of plants. We changed a couple of them, but kept the title for the right dramatic…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Carl Zimmer

My interview with Carl Zimmer

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Special thanks to Carl Zimmer for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures

Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each Thursday. In his books, essays, articles, and blog posts, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a guest on radio programs such as Radiolab and This American Life. – From Carl’s Homepage

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#1 – What was the impetus for writing this book?

I had read a number of intriguing studies about parasites in the years beforehand, and I thought it might be a possible basis for a book. My agent nodded violently in agreement, so I took a look. It far surpassed my…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Becky Crew

My Interview with Becky Crew

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Special thanks to Becky Crew for answering 6 questions about her recently featured book – Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals

I’m a Sydney-based science writer, award-winning blogger. I am the author of ‘Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals’ (NewSouth Press), and blog at Scientific American and Australian Geographic. I am a contributing editor for ScienceAlert. – Adapted from Becky’s Homepage

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#1 – You have been writing blogs and online content for a while now. What made you decide to write a book about the world’s weirdest creatures?

The opportunity to write a book actually came out of the blue; one of my Running Ponies posts was selected to be included in the first annual Best Australian Science Writing anthology in 2011, and Jane Jane McCreadie from NewSouth Press – the publisher responsible for the anthology – liked it enough…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Paul Davies

My Interview with Paul Davies

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Special thanks to Paul Davies for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?

My profession is theoretical physics, especially applied to quantum physics, astrophysics and cosmology. In the last 20 years I have also worked in astrobiology, a subject that addresses the origin and evolution of life, and the possibility of life beyond Earth. In 2009 I embarked on something completely different – applying concepts from physics and astrobiology to the problem of cancer. Although these research topics seem very disparate, in my own mind they link up deep down. – From Paul’s Bio

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#1 – Your book was first published in 2006. What has been the response to the book in that time? From physicists? From the public?

Most of what I…

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