Sid Perkins

Sid Perkins is a freelance science writer based in Crossville, Tenn.

All Stories by Sid Perkins

  1. Solar Eclipse in 2012

    Read up on solar eclipses before this year’s big event

    Three new books chronicle the science, history and cultural significance of total solar eclipses.

  2. black widow spider

    ‘Cannibalism’ chronicles grisly science of eating your own

    In "Cannibalism", a zoologist explores a grisly topic that scientists have only recently begun to study seriously.

  3. Peacock

    ‘Furry Logic’ showcases how animals exploit physics

    "Furry Logic" explores how animals rely on the laws of physics in pursuit of food, sex and survival.

  4. carbon minerals
    Planetary Science

    Rock hounds are on the hunt for new carbon minerals

    The race is on to find about 140 predicted carbon-based minerals in locations around the world. Map included.

  5. Oak tree

    ‘The Long, Long Life of Trees’ takes readers on a walk in the woods

    The Long, Long Life of Trees explores the scientific, historical and cultural significance of apple, birch, elm and 14 other kinds of trees.

  6. Cow killer ant

    New books deliver double dose of venomous animal facts

    In Venomous and The Sting of the Wild, researchers delve into the world of venomous creatures and the scientists who study them.

  7. fireflies

    ‘Silent Sparks’ illuminates fascinating world of fireflies

    In a new book, a firefly researcher explores why scientists and kids alike are captivated by lightning bugs.

  8. Crotalus horridus

    ‘America’s Snake’ chronicles life and times of iconic timber rattlesnake

    America’s Snake looks past timber rattlesnake’s fearsome reputation and delves into the fascinating biology of this iconic serpent.

  9. Mount St. Helens Erupting

    ‘Eruption’ looks back at devastating Mount St. Helens blast

    In Eruption, a science writer recounts the societal, economic and geologic forces that contributed to the Mount St. Helens disaster.

  10. matter map

    ‘Origins’ offers science-based account of creation

    In Origins, a science writer compiles an ambitious yet concise history of the universe and life on Earth.

  11. Thomas Jaggar at Kilauea

    Pioneering geologist sought to demystify volcanic eruptions

    In The Last Volcano, a geologist profiles Thomas Jaggar, one of the 20th century’s most influential volcanologists.

  12. Animals

    ‘On the Wing’ chronicles origins of flying animals

    In "On the Wing," a biomechanicist reviews how animals took to the air.