The Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2006 has just been published at Lulu.com. Edited by Bora, this is an outstanding accomplishment. Even though yours truly was not in the final fifty articles, I’m proud to be associated with them in some capacity – and it’s my sincere hope/expectation that such science blogging represents an effective avenue for popularizing science. Or, as Nuthatch tells it:
This project is important in another way. By their nature, good blog posts are relatively brief and tightly written, and often about subjects that are unusual or esoteric, and/or draw on personal experience. These are the types of writings that can really hook people, and print-on-demand technologies such as Lulu make publishing accessible and easy. I think projects like this, especially if even more targeted to specific science topics, have good potential to spark the public interest in science.
I’ve ordered mine, and plan to start by sharing it with my fellow grad students and postdocs around the lab.