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About this forum

If you are a scientist, you can take part in this project by contributing a post. We completed research interviews in 2012.

Contribute to the discussion.

No matter where you are in the world, you can contribute your views via this website. You’ll see opportunities to comment on most pages of the site. We’re particularly interested in your personal responses to our research questions:

• What books do you read?
• What have you read in the past?
• Did reading influence your choice of career?
• Do the books you read for pleasure influence your work as a scientist?
• How do you view the relationship between literature and science?

We sometimes use the word ‘literature’ but we’re interested in all the books you read outside work – whether ‘literary’ or popular, fiction or non-fiction. Tell us your thoughts and experiences…

Recent Posts

Books I like to read

Posted by: Craig Kennedy

Posted on: 16th April 2013

Categories: Fiction, Take Part

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My reading matter is greatly infuenced by my dad. Growing up I was very much in to science fiction (Asimov, Clarke). As I grew older, though, I started reading works by authors like PG Wodehouse, Wilbur Smith, Bernard Cornwell and the like – all amongst my father’s favourite authors. Wodehouse is my all time favourite. […]

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Old favourites re-read again and again

Posted by: TerriG

Posted on: 11th December 2012

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Started reading at about the age of 3.5 and have never really been able to stop. I’m currently re-reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series, but I do sometimes read other historical fiction. Apart from Pratchett, I don’t read a particularly broad range of fantasy, although I have read Harry Potter series a […]

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Reading? Anything and Everything really

Posted by: Stewart Smith

Posted on: 5th December 2012

Categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Take Part

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I’ve been a voracious reader since almost before I went to primary school reading things like The Hobbit and a failed run at the Lord of the Rings when I was about 7. Not just fantasy and SF though, plenty of literary fiction like Iain Banks (non-M) etc. Also comics and other graphic literature are […]

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What I Read Pre-Baby!

Posted by: Mary Doherty

Posted on: 5th December 2012

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Hi Sarah / Christine,   Sorry it’s taken me so long to contribute but the title may explain why…. Reading was my main pleasure before the arrival of Harry earlier this year. As a child I read everything and anything. Fiction, non-fiction, (auto)biographies. Fiction growing up was often boarding school type books (Mallory Towers, Chalet […]

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Complexity, Science and Literature

Posted by: Michael Musgrave

Posted on: 18th October 2012

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I been writing a review of complexity for my PhD thesis recently and some interesting ideas have come up with respect to the role literature may play in observations of human behaviour. Although the quote below comes from a study of complexity in organisations, the role of literature could take an equal role in any […]

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