Helen Czerski

Season 4 Episode 5


Physicist, writer and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski joins Josie and Robin this week to talk about the science of every day things, which just happens to be what her new book, ’Storm in a Teacup’ is all about. There’s also love for the work of Richard Fortey, Grayson Perry, Bruce Chatwin and more. And there’s also a special announcement this week. Robin and Josie are off on tour with Cosmic Shambles LIVE, a science, comedy, literary, musical variety night. There’ll be plenty of guests along for the ride, including Helen, and the show is going around Australia and New Zealand in early 2017. Tickets and details at cosmicshambleslive.com




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Reading List

Helen recommends:

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski

A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes by Stephen Hawking

Feathers by Thor Hanson

The Earth: An Intimate History by Richard Fortey

What Am I Doing Here? by Bruce Chatwin

Hawaiki Rising: Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance by Sam Low

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Picture Palace by Paul Theroux

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Josie recommends:

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Night by Elie Wiesel

Swimming London by Jenny Landrath

The Great Trees of London by Jenny Landrath

Robin recommends:

Distraction Pieces edited by Scroobius Pip

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

In the Name of the Father by Gerry Conlon

The Vanity of Small Differences by Grayson Perry

Captains of Consciousness by Stuart Ewen

The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution by Richard Fortey

Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

I’m Here I Think, Where Are You? by Timothy West

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