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Why do I do video book reviews of popular science books? My college students encouraged me to make podcasts, but, like most, I am not happy with my voice, so threw that idea away immediately One day, I had a camcorder, thinking that I could try vlogging. But what science information could I possibly share? Stem cells? Tissue Engineering? Surely someone was doing that. Wait! I had just read a great science book, I'll tell people about that! Two takes later, a video! These are some of my favorite book reviews for various reasons, not always having to do with the books themselves. Enjoy! 
 
Click on the thumbnail to watch the video review! 
 

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Jonah Lehrer's books 

Proust was a Neuroscientist

How We Decide 

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Clifford Pickover's The Math Book

John Graham Cumming's Geek Atlas 

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Childrens Science

(and Engineering) Books

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Hannah Holmes'

The Well Dressed Ape 

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Theo Gray's Mad Science 

In the lab for this one.

The sound is terrible, I admit it! 

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My first review! 

Barbara Oakley's Evil Genes 

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A selection of compediums

Yes, I read French science books! 

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Trevor Paglen's

Blank Spots on the Map 

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Ben Goldacre's Bad Science

Sherry Seethaler's

Lies, Damned Lies and Science 

I want to create a video series

using concepts in Sherry's book! 

 The book reviews were usually filmed in the office using natural daylight from a large window, so light quality varied, depending on the day. If filmed in the lab, usually there was poor sound. About the doll: Top Model Doll Teresa is a gift from my daughter as a wink of the eye to my former profession. She's a snarky, sharp witted alter ego. Her heart belongs to Jonah Lehrer. I don't use a script, sometimes a note or two, but otherwise, it is extemporaneous speaking. I turn on the camera, think about what I love about the book and tell you about it. Videos are sometimes long and I'm getting better at making them shorter! I've learned a lot about editing videos. Production values are maybe not professional quality every time, but hey, it is just me, and I have a day job and four kids! 
 
 

  


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