Don't Be Such a ScientistI’m eagerly anticipating my copy of Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style by Randy Olson as soon as my local Borders gets the delivery.   In his former life, Olson was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Zoology at the University of New Hampshire.  Now he works in Hollywood making science movie magic including, Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy, showing at its New York city debut tomorrow, the closing night for the Imagine Science Film Festival.  With chapter titles like, “Don’t Be Such a Poor Storyteller,” and “Don’t Be So Unlikeable,”  it’s bound to charm the scientist in me!  It has received positive reviews from the likes of noted science writer Carl Zimmer on his blog, as well as by talented science blogger PZ Myers on his blog, Pharyngula, but it sounds likely to be controversial.  Olson apparently has a reputation for being a bit of a nag (PZ Myers said it, not me!)  Check back in a week or so to see what I think of the book.  That is, as long as Borders gets it soon.  Here’s a video of Olson talking about the new book:

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