Reading List from Science Writers 2010 #sciwri10

This is a tour through my notes from the Science Writers 2010 meeting, with links to things I’d like to follow up on, read, reread, study, etc. It’s biased, of course, by the sessions I attended and what I want to read more about. These folks said interesting things, but this isn’t a meeting recap. Sharing here in case it’s of interest, or in case you too need to be reminded (again) that you still haven’t read The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

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Great science writing part I: From eureka moment to book

Maryn’s tools for writing: Omni outliner, FilemakerPro, DevonThink,

Experiments in new media: Beautiful failures and startling successes – created in Facebook but without FB branding. Used

SEED: Crowdsourcing the Genome (Feb. 2009)

Internal social network sites: Yammer, Socialcast

Tumblr: powerful microblogging

Twitter time management from Steve Buttry

Social media guides from Zombie Journalism

Tracking your brand on social media: Social Mention, Kurrently, Mashable

Great science writing part II: Building the big book

  • KC Cole – Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up
    • Desert Island book: Natural Philosophy of Cause and Chance
  • Jonathan WeinerLong for This World (Pulitzer for The Beak of the Finch)
    • Desert Island book: The Way Things Are by Lucretius
  • Charles Seife – Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception
  • Jennifer Ouellette  – The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight
    • Desert Island book: Principia
  • Carl ZimmerThe Tangled Bank
    • Desert Island book: Origin of Species

Data visualization for reporting and storytelling

Peter Aldhous – slides

Used maps to inform his story on social deprivation and cancer outcomes


Neat video visualization of data – 200 years that changed the world

Cool free online tools:

Social Network analysis for his article, Stem Cell Wars (data, methods, results)

Eric Hand talked about the number-crunching that went into 222 NIH grants: 22 researchers (Nature, March 20, 2008)

Good visualization blogs: