Book Review: Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style by Randy Olson

Review by Sid Perkins

By Science News, 12:12 PM October 22, 2009

In 1995, Olson came to a stunning realization: Most of his students had sat in rapt attention during lectures to pass tests, not because he was interesting.

In Don’t Be Such a Scientist, Olson describes how that conclusion changed his career and how it could change science communication. The book chronicles his 1995 decision to leave a tenured position as a marine biologist at the University of New Hampshire to attend film school. While there, Olson, now an award-winning filmmaker, learned t...

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