Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to think about exercise (and science)

I'm happy to show off the final cover for How to Think About Exercise, my forthcoming book with Pan Macmillan UK and The School of Life.

As with the previous series of 'how to' books, the designer has gone with a striking, minimalist look. (And they've even chosen the Australian national sporting colours.)

How to Think About Exercise will be out in January 2014.


Meanwhile, and continuing the green theme, my copy of Best Australian Science Writing 2013 has arrived from Newsouth Press.

Edited by Natasha Mitchell and Jane McCredie, it's thick with fine writing on natural philosophy -- sorry, I mean 'science' -- from an impressive variety of writers. 

In fact, one of the joys of the collection is its catholicism, in the best sense of the word. While conscientious with facts and theories, these authors give a rich portrait of science and scientific discovery. The blurb is right: "chock-full of intrigue, curiosity and controversy." 

My essay on Darwin is a celebration of the thinker's curiosity, but also his humility: the best science is cautious and careful, not arrogant (even if individual scientists are up themselves).

Last night (Thursday 7th) the collection was launched at Readings Books in Hawthorn. Some photos below.

Jane McCredie, Jo Chandler, Peter Doherty
and Natasha Mitchell
Editors and Contributors
Back row: Peter Doherty, DY and Sophia, Jane McCredie (ed.), Natasha Mitchell (ed.)
Gina Perry, Nick Haslam, Cordelia Fine
Front row: Elizabeth Finkel, Jo Chandler
Book Signing
Jo Chandler, Elizabeth Finkel, DY, Jane McCredie,
Peter Doherty, Natasha Mitchell

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