Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Not too long ago, this unemployed scientist had the honor of being asked to write a book review for Science. The Science book review editor was looking for a review of Jeremy Mynott’s new book, Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience. The editor, who peeks at my blog when no one is looking, noticed that I am a scientist and bird maniac who writes and publishes lots of book reviews on my blog, so he very kindly (and out of the blue) decided to give me a chance to write for one of the top scientific journals in the world. My review, which I wrote while I was in Finland, has just been published and is now available online for you to read, or if you prefer a hard copy, here’s the PDF (I think it’s free — you’ll have to let me know if it’s not so I can email a copy to you).


  1. #1 Erin
    September 18, 2009

    Congrats again :-)

  2. #2 travelgirl
    September 18, 2009

    all for sale, including the PDF… did you enjoy the book?

  3. #3 Benton Jackson
    September 18, 2009

    It’s not free. Sounds like an interesting book, I’d like to read the review.

  4. #4 Mike Higgiston
    September 19, 2009

    I’d appreciate a copy of the review. Thanks.

  5. #5 Andrew
    September 20, 2009

    I have heard about this book and it sounds interesting. I would appreciate a copy of your review. The pdf is not free to download.
    Thank you

  6. #6 "GrrlScientist"
    September 30, 2009

    i still can send copies of the PDF to anyone who asks here in comments or in email — just speak up!

  7. #7 biosparite
    October 4, 2009

    I just snagged a new copy for $14.98 (less shipping) from Amazon through G/S’s blog plus the new Peter Ward book on birds in the Mesozoic in a separate Amazon transaction. Thanks, G/S, for bringing this to my attention.

  8. #8 mantolama
    October 4, 2009

    thank you very good. very good article

  9. #9 biosparite
    November 2, 2009

    I am reading the book right now. It is beautifully written and sets off associations in my mind with birding experiences I have had. I like to read just a bit at a time since I want to enjoy the well-crafted prose, dry British wit of the author, and all the things the narrative brings to mind. I actually spotted G/S’s review in an issue of SCIENCE I was reading over lunch a few weeks ago and immediately ordered it through this blog’s connection to Amazon.

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