Fossilize Your Hamster

Anyone need a reprieve from serious books next month?

Here’s what I have lined up for our next couple of reading selections:

book coverHere’s what I’d like to add as a non-serious interlude:

We’ll discuss science communication and popularization, as well as ideas for getting kids interested in science (although this is not a kid’s book — it includes boozy science projects!). Plus we’ll just have fun.

I’d like March to be a light reading month… Any objections?


Donna Druchunas is a freelance technical writer and editor and a knitwear designer. When she's not working, she blogs, studies Lithuanian, reads science and sci-fi books, mouths off on atheist forums, and checks her email every three minutes. (She does that when she's working, too.) Although she loves to chat, she can't keep an IM program open or she'd never get anything else done.

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  1. I think taking a light month after Infidel is probably a good idea. How to Fossilize Your Hamster looks to make a nice chaser. I'm all for it! Especially if it has boozy science! (Which is the best kind.)

  2. I found Irreligion pretty light-hearted, actually. While one could imagine Dawkins yelling at some children, "Hey, kids, get off of my lawn," John Allen Paulos would just pick up their lost baseball, toss it against the siding of his house and say, "See how the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection?"

    At which point the children run away and never play near the house of the crazy Math Man ever again. . . .

  3. I have a review of Irrelgion saved for a future Quickies post – I've heard some good things about it and haven't read it yet, so my vote goes to that.

  4. Hi. I'll post a summary this week when we start the next book, Irreligion by John Allen Paulos .

    In general, I post a short introduction to the book in the first week of the month and update the "what we're reading" icon on the sidebar. Then we read the book all month, and I post at least a copule of discussion topics during that time. At the end of the month (or a little late), I post an interview with the author or a review of the book.

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