Phil Plait and Larissa Hammond join us for an episode of The Books & Beer Hangout that’s laser-focused on science-based books. Phil (astronomer, science evangelist & author) represents the author-scientists, and Larissa (librarian and science-spreader) covers the discovery side. Together, the four of us covered much ground, including:
- The importance of the hook and storytelling in science-based books
- Maintaining accuracy while applying artistic license
- Should more scientists write books for the general public
- How librarians know everything without actually reading everything
- Where the gap exists for those who want to try their hand at writing science-based books
- The role of hobbyists and amateurs in writing science-based books
- How scientists can leverage their jobs to find great books to write
Several book recommendations were made by both our guests, including:
- The Quantum Universe
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Larissa has created a rather exhaustive list of great science-based books here, too!
And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Full Sail’s Initial Pub Offering Phil’s Existential Alt , the Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout and a Fat Ale Scotch from Silver City Brewery!
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