Communicating Science Clearly: A Self-Help Guide For Students and Researchers

Sharon Ann Holgate

29 November 2023

CRC Press

This unique self-help guide equips undergraduates, postgraduate students, and early career researchers within the sciences with transferrable communication skills that they can adapt and refer back to as they progress through their careers. It provides practical guidance on how to best communicate science in a range of different settings. This book facilitates clear and concise communication in both academic scenarios and the workplace. It covers settings ranging from job interviews, through conference presentations, to explaining your research to the general public. It is illustrated with first-hand experiences, top tips, and "dos and don’ts" to demonstrate best practices. It will also be a valuable guide for established academics who would like a refresher or a guide to new avenues of science communication, such as podcasts.

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The Brainiac's Book of Robots and AI

Paul Virr 

27 April 2023

Thames and Hudson

This new addition to the Brainiac series introduces the science and technology of Robots and Artificial Intelligence with a creative approach that makes STEM learning accessible and fun for children aged 7 to 10 years. Humorously written and engagingly illustrated by Harriet Russell, The Brainiac's Book of Robots and AI is packed with fascinating facts and hands-on activities, such as building a robotic hand or a mechanical hopping frog automaton.

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Feeding Animals is Essential for Global Food Security

Clifford Adams

31 January 2023 


The book addresses a very important topic nowadays, that of the ethics, benefits and problems of feeding animals to supply human food. Global human food production is very complex with impacts on the Circular Economy and the Environment but for maximum efficiency feeding animals is essential.

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A Year To Change Your Mind: Ideas from the Therapy Room to Help You Live Better

Lucy Maddox 

15 December 2022  

Allen & Unwin (Atlantic Books)

Psychology underpins everything we do. In A YEAR TO CHANGE YOUR MIND, consultant clinical psychologist Dr Lucy Maddox explains how psychological processes thread through our lives, and month-by-month, shares ideas from the therapy room that can help us to live a more thoughtful, positive life that better prepares us for the future. ‘Twelve months' worth of smart self-help from someone you'd want on your team in a crisis' - Guardian

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The Secret Science of Baby

Michael Banks  

6 December 2022 

BenBella Books  

Parents and parents-to-be are bombarded with information, from what to expect to what to do (and not to do) when it happens. But what they may not realize is that from the chemistry of pregnancy tests to the vacuum physics of breastfeeding, there is fascinating science at the heart of every aspect of creating and raising a new human.  Written by science journalist Michael Banks, The Secret Science of Baby will shed a new light on how and why things happen as they do — from conception and pregnancy to cooing and pooing. Exploring the hidden physics behind uterine contractions, the fluid dynamics of diapers, and more, both parents and curious non-parents (who, after all, were once babies themselves) will gain a fresh perspective on the infant universe . . . and the thrilling science that makes it possible. In these pages, readers will discover: The physics of the playground and common toys — from the swing to the Slinky, what it really means to 'sleep like a baby', the surprising shared vocal cord features of lions and (human) infants, the miracle of a baby's first breath and how surface tension provided the key to helping preemies breathe.  Banks draws from his own experience, interviews with scientists, and the latest research (including some involving conception inside an MRI machine) to offer a book that focuses on “how?” rather than “how-to.” The result is an illuminating and hilarious journey through the everyday science of making, baking, and bringing up baby. 

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Full of Life: Exploring Earth's Biodiversity

Isabel Thomas 

5 October 2022


Science meets design in this graphically stunning introductory tour of Earth's amazing biodiversity.

This artful and accessible guide to Earth's Tree of Life helps readers understand how every living creature, from the tiniest germ to the biggest blue whale, is part of one big family tree. 

Stunning layouts feature fascinating facts and stories behind some of the most extraordinary species on Earth, from familiar plants and animals to newly discovered microorganisms and viruses. With a comprehensive introduction, conclusion, and glossary, this is the perfect introduction to the 2 million+ life forms on our planet.

PR contact: Kindall Gant 

The Bedtime Book of Impossible Questions

Isabel Thomas 

13 October 2022


Are feelings made of atoms? Why don't animals wear clothes? Are cats liquid or solid? This book will define, debunk and demystify the trickiest of questions and even open your eyes to questions you have never even thought of!

With engaging and accessible text and accompanied by exciting, inviting illustrations, The Bedtime Book of Impossible Questions is the perfect bedside companion to delve into when you are wondering if there really is an answer to everything.

PR contact: Grace Ball 

Effective Scientific Presentations: The Winning Formula

Alan Crivellaro 

14 March 2022

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

The most successful scientists are good presenters, and by mastering their presentation skills, they achieve extraordinary career results. As a modern-day scientist, you know you should develop this skill but need more time and resources to do this successfully. You need a practical, reliable method to follow that will allow you to excel in your next presentation. Based on hundreds of interactive training sessions, this short and to-the-point book offers guidelines and practical tips to design and deliver an effective presentation.

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Amazing Animals: 100+ Creatures That Will Boggle Your Mind 

Sabrina Weiss

3 February 2022

What on Earth Publishing

From the record-breaking tongue of a chameleon to the dashing dance of the peacock spider, children and their parents learn about the most amazing creatures of air, land, and sea. They discover the secrets of animal survival, the incredible habitats they call home, as well as the environmental threats putting them in danger. Sabrina is also the author of children's non-fiction books Amazing Island (2020) and Ocean: Secrets of the Deep (2019).

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The Man From The Future

Ananyo Bhattacharya

07 October 2021

Penguin Allen Lane

The smartphones in our pockets and computers like brains. The vagaries of game theory and evolutionary biology. Self-replicating moon bases and nuclear weapons. All bear the fingerprints of one remarkable man: John von Neumann.

Born in Budapest at the turn of the century, von Neumann is one of the most influential scientists to have ever lived. His colleagues believed he had the fastest brain on the planet - bar none. He was instrumental in the Manhattan Project and helped formulate the bedrock of Cold War geopolitics and modern economic theory. He created the first ever programmable digital computer. He prophesied the potential of nanotechnology and, from his deathbed, expounded on the limits of brains and computers - and how they might be overcome. Insightful and illuminating, The Man from the Future is a thrilling intellectual biography of the visionary thinker who shaped our century.

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Life on the Floodplain

Ceri Leigh

23 September 2021


A year’s diary entry of the wildlife photographed in a garden on the Usk floodplain tells a bigger story of trauma, mental health and the power of nature to help heal the mind.

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Fire & Ice: The Volcanoes of the Solar System

Natalie Starkey

30 September 2021


Fire and Ice is an exploration of the Solar System's volcanoes, from the highest peaks of Mars to the intensely inhospitable surface of Venus and the red-hot summits of Io, to the coldest, seemingly dormant icy carapaces of Enceladus and Europa, an unusual look at how these cosmic features are made, and whether such active planetary systems might host life.

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Total Nutrition: Feeding Animals for Health and Growth

Clifford Adams

15 August 2021

Context Bookshop

Total Nutrition is a programme designed to respond to the modern issues of sustainability, animal health, high quality food production, environmental concerns and reduced use of antibiotics. This requires the consideration of both the nutrient levels of animal feeds and other bio-active components known as nutricines. 

Health maintenance, disease avoidance and general nutrition are seen as requirements of animal diets today.

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The Motherhood Complex

Melissa Hogenboom

27 May 2021

Piatkus, Little Brown

Enriched with discoveries from biology, psychology and social science, THE MOTHERHOOD COMPLEX is a journey to the heart of what it means to become a mother. Melissa Hogenboom examines how the suite of changes we experience during pregnancy and motherhood influence our sense of self, both physically and from the wider world. From the way our brain changes during pregnancy and the psychological impact of our changing body, to the true cost of the motherhood workplace penalty and the intrusion of technology on family life, Hogenboom reveals how external events and society at large shape the way we see ourselves and impacts upon the choices we make. Interweaving her personal experience as a mother of two young children with the latest research, Hogenboom confronts the modern myth of maternal perfection and highlights the importance of understanding how and why we change for our physical and emotional health.

Inside the Cyclone 

Dan Roach

19 October 2020

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Aviation is what got me into science in the first place and science is everywhere in aviation. Whether it's the physics of flight or meteorology, the chemistry in the engine or human biology, all have their part to play in getting into the air, and staying there, safely. Outside my other work, I'm a flight instructor and this is the story of my journey with my first aircraft. 

“Oh, it actually flies?” uttered the perpetually unimpressed teenager beside me, as we accelerated through 50mph towards the hedge. Low expectations or what? But I’d finally done it. I’d taken the plunge and bought my own aeroplane: a Cyclone AX3, which I named ‘Harriet’. 

This is a journey you’ll want to share if you plan on buying a plane, or simply want to bring a smile to your face enjoying the adventures of others. Feel the surprise, joy, and distress, that only aeroplane ownership can provide. 

… and find out if we cleared that hedge! 

"There is a great deal of humor in the writing - I found myself chuckling aloud on several occasions." Vickie Betts, Powered Sport Flying 

"Numerous interesting anecdotes, some of them a bit hair-raising; its also often quite funny." Joe Schofield, SkyWings 

"For fans of the type, microlight aircraft, or simply a well told and compelling story, Inside the Cyclone will be tough to put down." Australian Sport Pilot Magazine.

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Bill McGuire

28 September 2020

The Book Guild, Philippa Illife 

Hacking the Earth might be the last thing we ever do.Sometimes, when you're in a hole, it's best to stop digging. This applies as much to messing with the climate as anything else, except even more so.

'Jane Haliwell put her head in her hands. To tell the truth, she was still in shock. 

All the samples she had taken from inside and around the lab contained the enigmatic spheres in huge numbers. She had only had a brief time to think about the implications, but she was pretty sure already what was going on. She remembered reading somewhere, a while back now, about the notion that climate breakdown could be 'cured' by using armies of nanobots to gobble up the vast quantity of carbon pumped into the atmosphere as a result of human excesses. 

She had laughed it off at the time as a load of neocon guff. A fantasy technofix to keep capitalism in the fast lane, while knocking that pesky global heating on the head. Now, it seemed, someone, some group, some regime, was actually doing it; unilaterally sucking carbon - the principal driver of climate breakdown - out of the atmosphere. 

For the first time in the history of our world, it was literally raining carbon. Long before it stopped, the guilty would pay, but so would the innocent.'

The Mysteries of the Universe

Will Gater

03 September 2020


The Mysteries of the Universe is a guide to some of the most extraordinary places, objects and sights in the Cosmos – from the amazing worlds of our Solar System, to distant galaxies and glowing nebulae and almost everything in between. Each page is richly illustrated with spectacular space images and stunning artwork – by Angela Rizza & Daniel Long – that brings to life the story of each object. 

As you turn through the pages you’ll learn about some of the biggest questions scientists have about the Universe. Does Venus have active volcanoes? Is there life on Mars? How did the planets form? What gives some galaxies their beautiful shapes? What happens to stars when they die? The Mysteries of the Universe is also right up-to-date with the latest astronomical information and discoveries; you’ll see how a spacecraft exploring the outer reaches of our planetary neighbourhood has been examining relics from the Solar System’s birth, and even learn about the remarkable recent discoveries of a comet and an asteroid visiting us from other star systems! Suitable for ages 7-9.

The Genesis Quest: The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth

Michael Marshall

20 August 2020

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

The story of the quest to understand life's genesis is a universal one, in which everyone can find pleasure and fascination. By asking how life came to be, we are implicitly asking why we are here, whether life exists on other planets, and what it means to be alive. 

This book is the story of a group of fragile, flawed humans who chose to wrestle with these questions. By exploring the origin of life, we can catch a glimpse of the infinite.

How did life begin? Why are we here? These are some of the most profound questions we can ask. For almost a century, a small band of eccentric scientists has struggled to answer these questions and explain one of the greatest mysteries of all: how and why life began on Earth. 

There are many different proposals, and each idea has attracted passionate believers who promote it with an almost religious fervour, as well as detractors who reject it with equal passion. But the quest to unravel life's genesis is not just a story of big ideas. It is also a compelling human story, rich in personalities, conflicts, and surprising twists and turns. Along the way the journey takes in some of the greatest discoveries in modern biology, from evolution and cells to DNA and life's family tree. It is also a search whose end may finally be in sight. 

In The Genesis Quest, Michael Marshall shows how the quest to understand life's beginning is also a journey to discover the true nature of life, and by extension our place in the universe.

Rebel Cell: cancer, evolution and the science of life

Kat Arney

06 August 2020

Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Cancer has always been with us. It killed our hominid ancestors, the mammals they evolved from and the dinosaurs that trampled the ground before that. Tumours grow in pets, livestock and wild animals. Even tiny jelly-like Hydra - creatures that are little more than a tube full of water - can get cancer. 

Paradoxically, many of us think of cancer as a contemporary killer, a disease of our own making caused by our modern lifestyles. But that's not true. Although it might be rare in many species, cancer is the enemy lurking within almost every living creature. Why? Because cancer is a bug in the system of life. We get cancer because we can't not get it. Cancer starts when cells revolt, throwing off their molecular shackles, and growing and dividing out of control in a shambolic mockery of normal life. 

This is why we can't avoid cancer: because the very genes that drive it are essential for life itself. Now the game is changing. Scientists have infiltrated cancer's cellular rebellion and are finally learning its secrets. 

Geneticist and science writer Kat Arney takes the reader back to the dawn of life on planet earth right up to the present day to get to the heart of what cancer really is and how by better understanding it we might one day overcome it.

What Do You Think You Are?

Brian Clegg

06 August 2020

Icon Books

The science of what makes you *you*.

In What Do You Think You Are? Brian Clegg investigates what makes you the unique individual that you are. From the atomic level, through life itself to consciousness, genetics and personality, we explore how each aspect of you – your DNA, your memories, your flesh and bone – has come to be. 

Full of fascinating true stories – featuring royal ancestors, stellar deaths, real-life hobbits and a self-reproducing crayfish, to name a few – this wide-ranging exploration of what makes you you is a one-of-a-kind voyage of (self) discovery. Find out just how remarkable you are.

"Brian Clegg is the master of accessible science writing, and in this beautifully broad and comprehensive new book he gets right to the heart of what makes us what we are. Read it!" Angela Saini

Freelancing for Journalists

Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson

23 July 2020


Freelancing for Journalists offers an authoritative, practical and engaging guide for current and aspiring journalism freelances, exploring key aspects of the role including pitching a story, networking, branding and navigating freelance laws and rights.

Featuring case studies from experienced freelance journalists working in the UK, US, Asia and Australia, the book addresses the evolving media landscape and provides valuable tips on how to become established as a successful journalist across a variety of platforms. The authors also explore practical aspects of the trade including tips for setting up a business, managing tax and legal issues, getting paid and earning additional income in related sectors.

This book is an invaluable resource for both students and professionals who are interested in taking the next step into freelance journalism work.

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Half Lives

Lucy Jane Santos

02 July 2020

Icon Books

Ruth Killick Publicity

The discovery of radium in the late 19th century prompted a flurry of experiments to scope the limits of its potential applications. 

Half Lives tells the fascinating, curious, sometimes macabre story of the element through its ascendance as a desirable item – a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow-in-the-dark dance costume, a boon to the housewife, and an ingredient in a startling host of consumer products – to its role as a cure-all in everyday 20th-century life.  Finally, it details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear it. 

Half Lives is an enjoyable journey into the odd areas where science and consumerism meet, telling the tale of the entrepreneurs and consumers in radium’s history who have until now been considered quacks, or fools, or both.

Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It

Gemma Milne

23 April 2020

Little, Brown and Company

'Robots will steal your job! ''AI will revolutionise farming!'' Genetic editing will cure cancer!'

Bombastic headlines about science and technology are nothing new. To cut through the constant stream of information and misinformation on social media, or grab the attention of investors, or convince governments to take notice, strident headlines or bold claims seem necessary to give complex, nuanced information some wow factor.

But hype has a dark side, too.It can mislead. It can distract. It can blinker us from seeing what is actually going on. From AI, quantum computing and brain implants, to cancer drugs, future foods and fusion energy, science and technology journalist Gemma Milne reveals hype to be responsible for fundamentally misdirecting or even derailing crucial progress.

Hype can be combated and discounted, though, if you're able to see exactly where, how and why it is being deployed.This book is your guide to doing just that.

Smoke & Mirrors is a call for critical thinking and nuance in discussing the future of our planet and society. It covers themes across science, technology, business, politics, philosophy, law and society. There are nine chapters, each focusing on a different area such as cancer therapeutics, the food industry, fusion energy, AI, space commercialisation and quantum computing.

Telling Science Stories

Martin W Angler

30 March 2020


A practical manual for anyone who wants to turn scientific facts into gripping science stories, this book provides an overview of story elements and structure, guidance on where to locate them in scientific papers and a step-by-step guide to applying storytelling techniques to writing about science.

In this book, Martin W. Angler outlines basic storytelling elements to show how and where fledgling science storytellers can find them in scientific output. Journalistic techniques like selection through news values and narrative interviews are covered in dedicated chapters. A variety of writing techniques and approaches are presented as a way of framing science stories in ways that are informative and compelling in different media – from short films to news articles. Practical examples, selected interviews and case studies complement each chapter, with exercises and experimentation suggestions included for deeper understanding. Review questions at the end of each chapter cement the newly gained knowledge to make sure readers absorb it, with links to articles and online tools inviting further reading.

A valuable resource for students of journalism and science communication as well as professional journalists, scientists and scientists-in-training who want to engage with the public or simply improve their journal papers. This book is a one-stop shop on science storytelling with a clear focus on providing practical techniques and advice on how to thrive as science writers and communicate science in all of its complexity.

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Pure Science and the Cosmos of Moral Reasoning

Jacqueline Brown

25 March 2020

Pure Science and the Cosmos of Moral Reasoning is a story of human actions and reactions. 

Science provides justification for judgments. The difference between science and pseudoscience has not been marked. Thus, the word science gives the appearance of justification to judgments that do not have the quality. Pseudo-science is different to natural science and neither term has previously been clearly defined. In this narrative, the term pure science replaces the term natural science for clarification. In pure science, attention is focussed on meaning. Meaning is a natural phenomenon and natural language fits its structure. Natural language enables the accurate calculation and communication of meaning.

The word science is associated with the quantitative method. The artificial structure of numbers does not fit the natural structure of meaning. Numbers do not enable the accurate calculation and communication of meaning. If it is to be represented in numbers, meaning must first be found. In natural systems meaning necessarily takes precedence over its representation, representations do not take precedence over meaning. As this story unfolds, differences in type of action between pure science and pseudoscience are marked through comparative analysis. The evidence is set in a moral and political context, which discloses the necessity for engaging in that process.

Cracking Anatomy

Ken Okona-Mensah

05 March 2020

Octopus Publishing

From your dividing cells to your beating heart, this book takes a peek into the human body and reveals the extraordinary way your anatomy and physiology intertwine.

In 13 illustrated chapters, Cracking Anatomy makes sense of all the body’s systems, explains medical terminology and explores questions including: How does your brain really see you? How does age affect your muscles and bones? How and why cells die? Why the shape of a criminal’s hands could be used to help identify them? Can you exercise too much? Which of the five senses is most important? What triggers puberty? Why your immune system has more than one line of defence? Why anatomical quirks are more important than you think? How long does it take for your body to digest food? How many times does your heart beat in a day? Why do we sleep?

Billed as an accessible, comprehensive and fully illustrated guide, Cracking Anatomy will both educate and excite all readers.

The Big Ideas in Science: A complete introduction

Jon Evans

23 January 2020

John Murray Press

By the simple expedient of asking questions and conducting experiments to answer them, science has transformed our understanding of the world. It has made us who we are, and revealed a universe that is older, bigger, and stranger than we could ever have imagined.

The Big Ideas in Science is an accessible and easy-to-use introduction to the scientific world, what it has achieved over the past few hundred years, and what it promises for the future. 

Covering everything from the Big Bang to global warming, it provides everything you need to know in one book.You will learn what science has discovered about matter, space, energy, life, weather and information, and how we have transformed these discoveries into our modern technologies. You will witness the birth of the solar system, follow ocean currents for thousands of miles, ride on beams of light and, ultimately, gain a deeper understanding of issues as complex as global warming, and as controversial as synthetic life.

DNA Nation: How the Internet of Genes is Changing Your Life

Sergio Pistoi

18 October 2019

Crux Publishing

Millions of people have done it: with a few clicks and some spit, and at less than the cost of a fancy dinner, you can buy a reading of your DNA online. With this in hand, you can find out where you came from, trace relatives around the world and find new friends on a genetic social network. You can learn about your predisposition to disease, get a genetically tailored diet, understand the sports to which you or your children might be more suited, and even find a date. It’s the dawn of consumer genomics, where the progress of biology meets the power of the Internet and big data.

But do these applications work? Can we really prevent diseases based on what we read in our DNA? What do scientists say? And do we really understand the implications? What happens if things go wrong and the data is misused or the trust abused?Sergio Pistoi investigated this brave new world first- hand by interrogating his own genes, and has provided a practical, informative and thought-provoking survival guide to home genetic testing. From medicine to food, from social networking to genealogy and advertising, this book will show you how the DNA revolution is beginning to have such a profound impact on our daily lives and privacy and why it will influence the choices we make. If you are considering buying a DNA test, then this is the book for you.

Albert Einstein: Special and General Relativity

New introduction by Martin Counihan

16 September 2019

Flame Tree Publishing

A republication of Einstein's popular exposition of his theory, plus the four lectures in which he explained his finding in more detail at Princeton University, and also his early paper establishing the equivalence of mass and energy. The book begins with a new and extended introduction by Martin Counihan.

Outside the Research Lab: Volume 3

Sharon Ann Holgate

July 2019

Morgan & Claypool Publishers in conjunction with IOP Publishing

The Outside the Research Lab series is a testament to the fact that the physics taught to high school and university students IS used in the real world. This book explores the physics and technology inherent to a selection of sports which have caught the author’s attention and fascination over the years. 

Outside the Research Lab, Volume 3 is a path to discovering how less commonly watched sports use physics to optimize performance, diagnose injuries, and increase access to more competitors. It covers Olympic and Paralympic fencing, show jumping horses, and arguably the most brutal of motorsports – drag racing. Stunning images throughout the book and clear, understandable writing are supplemented by offset detail boxes which take the physics concepts to higher levels. 

Outside the Research Lab, Volume 3 is both for the general interest reader and students in STEM. Lecturers in university physics, materials science, engineering and other sciences will find this an excellent basis for teaching undergraduate students the range of applications for the physics they are learning. There is a vast range of different areas that require expertise in physics…this third volume of Outside the Research Lab shows a few with great detail provided by professionals doing the work. 

Explaining the Future

Sunny Bains

27 February 2019


Will this new technology work to solve the problem its inventors claim it will? Is it likely to succeed? What is the right technical solution for a particular problem? Can we narrow down the options before we invest in development? How do we persuade our colleagues, investors, clients, or readers of our technical reasoning? 

Whether you're a researcher, a consultant, a venture capitalist, or a technology officer, you may need to be able to answer these questions systematically and with clarity. Most people learn these skills through years of experience. However, they are so basic to a high-level technical career that they should be made explicit and learned up front. 

Bains provides you with the tools you need to think through how to match new (and old) technologies, materials, and processes with applications. It starts with key questions to ask, goes through the resources you'll need to answer them, and helps you think through who is most (and least) likely to deserve your trust. Next, it talks you through analyzing the information you've gathered in a systematic way. 

The book includes chapters on audience (and how to tailor your explanation to them), how to make a persuasive and structured technical argument, and how to write this up in a way that is credible and easy to follow. Finally, the book includes a case study: a real worked example that goes from an idea through the twists and turns of the research and analysis process to a final report.

Outside the Research Lab: Volume 2

Sharon Ann Holgate

September 2018

Morgan & Claypool Publishers in conjunction with IOP Publishing

The Outside the Research Lab series is a testament to the fact that the physics taught to high school and university students IS used in the real world. This book explores the physics and technology inherent to preserving and restoring old forms of transport, as well as creating modern transport for today and for our future needs. 

Outside the Research Lab, Volume 2 is a path to discovering how transport professionals and enthusiasts use physics to help them in their work. It covers several different aspects of transport, ranging from the restoration of vintage buses to the materials used in the latest supercars. Stunning images throughout the book and clear, understandable writing are supplemented by offset detail boxes which take the physics concepts to higher levels. 

Outside the Research Lab, Volume 2 is both for the general interest reader and students in STEM. Lecturers in university physics, materials science, engineering and other sciences will find this an excellent basis for teaching undergraduate students the range of applications for the physics they are learning. There is a vast range of different areas that require expertise in physics…this second volume of Outside the Research Lab shows a few with great detail provided by professionals doing the work.  

Science Journalism: An Introduction

Martin W Angler

07 June 2017


Science Journalism: An Introduction gives wide-ranging guidance on producing journalistic content about different areas of scientific research. It provides a step-by-step guide to mastering the practical skills necessary for covering scientific stories and explaining the business behind the industry.

Martin W. Angler, an experienced science and technology journalist, covers the main stages involved in getting an article written and published; from choosing an idea, structuring your pitch, researching and interviewing, to writing effectively for magazines, newspapers and online publications. There are chapters dedicated to investigative reporting, handling scientific data and explaining scientific practice and research findings to a non-specialist audience. Coverage in the chapters is supported by reading lists, review questions and practical exercises. The book also includes extensive interviews with established science journalists, scholars and scientists that provide tips on building a career in science journalism, address what makes a good reporter and discuss the current issues they face professionally. The book concludes by laying out the numerous available routes into science journalism, such as relevant writing programs, fellowships, awards and successful online science magazines.

For students of journalism and professional journalists at all levels, this book offers an invaluable overview of contemporary science journalism with an emphasis on professional journalistic practice and success in the digital age.

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Outside the Research Lab: Volume 1

Sharon Ann Holgate

February 2017

Morgan & Claypool Publishers in conjunction with IOP Publishing

The Outside the Research Lab series is a testament to the fact that the physics taught to high school and university students IS used in the real world. It is a fascinating insight into the use of physics and technology in the arts, architecture, and design. 

Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1 is a path to discovering how professionals from different sectors – including sculpture, music, TV sound recording, and shoe design - use physics to help them in their work. Stunning images throughout the book and clear, understandable writing are supplemented by offset detail boxes which take the physics concepts to higher levels. 

Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1 is both for the general interest reader and students in STEM and arts. Lecturers in university physics, materials science, engineering and other sciences will find this an excellent basis for teaching undergraduate students the range of applications for the physics they are learning. It is also an excellent choice for the one compulsory science class in art curricula. 

There is a vast range of different areas that require expertise in physics…this first volume of Outside the Research Lab shows a few with great detail provided by professionals doing the work. 

Traveling With Ghosts

Shannon Fowler

23 February 2017

Weidenfeld and Nicolson

On a warm evening on a beautiful beach in Thailand, Shannon Leone Fowler's life was shattered when a box jellyfish - the most venomous animal in the world - wrapped itself around her fiancé Sean's legs, stinging and killing him in minutes. 

Devastated by the tragedy, Shannon, a marine biologist, could not face returning to her home by the ocean. She had travelled the world with Sean, and to honour his memory set out on a new journey - this time alone, to make sense of her loss.From contemplating the silence of Auschwitz, to stumbling through poverty-stricken Romania and Bulgaria, to sitting shiva amid daily bombings in Israel, to finding humour and creativity in Sarajevo, a city still scarred by war, Shannon begins to chart a path through grief - learning to live with loss without letting it destroy her.

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