Science Shambles

Blue Dot Festival Special Part 2


In Part 2 of the Science Shambles specials from the Blue Dot Festival from Jodrell Bank, Robin and Josie tackle the issue of evolution and bananas before we chat about scientific delight in all things bookish with a bumper lineup of guests. There’s science presenters and writers Dallas Campbell and Ginny Smith, immunologist Sheena Cruickshank, astronomer Paul Abel, the team from ScienceGrrl, impressionist Jon Culshaw and Public Service Broadcasting’s J Willgoose. Because this episode was recorded in a large field where a music festival was also taking place, there is often a bit of background noise. Sorry about that.



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Reading List

Robin recommends:

James Randi: Psychic Investigator by James Randi

The Demon-haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

The work of Erich von Däniken

The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The work of Carlos Castaneda

The work of Ward Churchill

The work of Michael Gazzaniga

The work of Philip K Dick

Moore Can You Speak Venusian? by Sir Patrick Moore

Science Ink by Carl Zimmer

The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms by Charles Darwin

Neanderthal Man by Svante Pääbo

Josie recommends:

The work of Walt Whitman

Dallas recommends:

The Monuments of Mars: A City on the Edge of Forever by Richard Hoagland

World Top Secret: Our Earth IS Hollow! by Rodney Cluff

The work of Ken Campbell

Jon recommends:

The Observer’s Book of Astronomy by Sir Patrick Moore

Exploring Space by Kenneth W. Gatland

Forces of Nature by Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

Ginny recommends:

How the Body Works: Big Stuff Simply Explained by Ginny Smith, Dorling Kindersley and other

The work of Oliver Sacks

Paul recommends:

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene

Sheena recommends:

Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code by Matthew Cobb

J recommends:

The work of Leo Tolstoy

The work of Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys by Michael Collins

Science Grrl recommends:

The Archaeology of Disease by Charlotte Roberts and Keith Manchester

The Incredible Human Journey by Alice Roberts

Trent recommends:

Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

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