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The Life Scientific: Detectives

Anna Buckley

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Biography: science, technology & medicine, History of science, Popular science

The inspiring life stories of leading scientists as heard on BBC Radio 4

Their work is changing the world we live in, but what do we really know about their lives beyond the lab? Based on interviews for the hit BBC Radio 4 series, The Life Scientific: Detectives reveals the life and work of some of the foremost scientists in the world, from Nobel laureates to the next generation of beautiful minds. Getting under their skin and into their minds, we find out what first inspired them and what motivates them to keep going.

The detectives featured in this volume include: Sadaf Farooqi on what makes us fat; Nick Lane on the origin of life on earth; Sue Black on what you can learn from dead bodies; Tejinder Virdee on the search for the Higgs Boson; and Amoret Whitaker on how insects can help solve crimes.

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Praise for The Life Scientific: Detectives

  • Anna Buckley, the producer of The Life Scientific, distils the scientists' passions skilfully into print - Sunday Times, Science Books of the Year 2018

  • This excellent series specialises in guests who are both fascinating and admirable - Radio Times

  • Both inspirational and richly human, the book offers a compelling picture of science at the cutting edge - Times Higher Education Supplement

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Anna Buckley

Anna Buckley is the series producer of The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 and has worked with Jim Al-Khalili since the programme was launched in 2011. Offering a refreshing mix of the personal and the scientific, The Life Scientific transformed the way science, and scientists, were talked about on radio and beyond. It is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 4, attracting more than two million listeners every week.

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