How did you get so many followers? Follow back tag? Luck? I'm damn jealous.
Nope. I’ve got lots of followers but I don’t think about it much. Its not a contest, anyways. That’s not why I’m on tumblr.
I did that a bit in the beginning (Follow for follow, etc) to gain an audience, but as soon as I got a few dozen followers I stopped. The problem with that is people who follow because of these posts will end up unfollowing if they don’t like your posts.
1. Create content. If you are sharing content you should put any sources you used in the post. It makes you more credible; its also just a good habit to practice.
2. Use appropriate tags to spread your content.
3. Engage with your audience.
4. Follow, like and reblog from similar blogs.
5. Follow, Like and reblog from tags similar to your content.
6. Having your posts get featured in the #science tag can help (or whatever tag). But that’s mostly luck. :P
7. Having a themed blog definitely helps, but its not necessary (as seen with this blog).
hi! i need some advice, i've looked up a few things that i haven't found too helpful. i want to be a science teacher for kids and i'm having trouble deciding which grade is the best/most fun to teach. i really want to get involved heavily with astronomy/evolution. if you or any of your followers could give me some good reading material to look over that would help me i'd appreciate it so so much! :)
I don’t have any personal experience in this field, but if my followers do please let me or neil-tyson know!
I'm still laughing my ass off about that ignorant sexist anon you got since I'm studying to get my archaeology degree and I learned recently that 50% of archaeologists working today are women. That's a pretty impressive change since I was reading an archaeology textbook from about 60 years ago and it explicitly stated they shouldn't even be out doing fieldwork at all.
Haha. Yeah, things have definitely changed.
Unfortunately a lot of STEM fields are just as far away at gender parity as they were 60 years ago. Lots to work on.
Its great that a lot of scientific fields are becoming more welcoming to women. It shouldn’t even be an issue in the 21st century.
Basically I got an ask from iseebeautyeverywhere asking about science book recommendations. I got a bunch of replies. I’ve collected the replies and compiled a rough list of the recommendations so far. Enjoy!
If you’d like to add any, let me know.
I’m avoiding repeating book names, so that’s why a recommendation may not show up.
Einstein’s Space & Van Gogh’s Sky by Leshan & Margenau
Chaos by James Gleick
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat by John Gribbin
A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann
The Universe and Dr. Einstein by Lincoln Barnett
The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman! - Richard p. Feynman
"Bones, Rocks, and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened" by Chris Turney
Heat By George Monbiot (currently reading)
Musicophilia By Oliver Sacks
The Trouble With Physics By Lee Smolin
Biomimicry By Janine M. Benyus
Packing for Mars By Mary Roach
Missing Microbes - Martin Blaser
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach
Mutants - Armand Marie Leroi
Written In Stone - Brian Switek
After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning - Professor Ian Wilmut
The Double Helix - James Watson
"Our stolen future" by Colborn, Dumanoski, and Myers
"Silent spring" by Rachel Carson (classic)
"The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert
"Your Inner Fish" and almost every other book by Neil Shuban
- A Leg to Stand on - Oliver Sacks
- The Island of the Colorblind - Oliver Sacks
- The Man with a Shattered World: The History of a Brain Wound - Alexander Luria
- The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book About A Vast Memory - Alexander Luria
- The Working Brain - Alexander Luria
- Superstrings: A Theorie of Everything - Davies/Brown
- Out of their Minds - Dennis Shasha, Cathy Lazere
- Natural Computing - Dennis Shasha, Cathy Lazere
- Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstadter
- The Lucifer Effect: How Good People turn Evil - Philip Zimbardo
The Seven Daughters Of Eve - Bryan Sykes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat - Oliver Sacks
Adam’s Curse: A Future Without Men - Bryan Sykes
The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss
Russia in Space by Anatoly Zak
Anything by Mary Roach
13 Things that Don’t Make Sense by Michael Brooks
The Planets by Dava Sobel
Six Easy Pieces by Feynman
Understanding Physics by Isaac Asimov
Einstein’s Universe by Nigel Calder
(obscure) The Realm of the Terrestrial Planets by Zdenek Kopal
Schrodinger’s Kittens by John Gribbin
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
What’s in Your Genes? by Katie McKissick
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species In 23 Chapters (by Matt Ridley
The Right Chemistry by Joe Schwarcz
How to Think about Weird Things by Schick and Vaughn
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk
Atom by Isaac Asimov
The Periodic Kingdom by PW Atkins
Brilliant Blunders by Mario Livio
Sync by Strogatz
Drunkard’s Walk by Mlodinow
Burst, and Linked both by Barabasi
The Essence of Chaos by Lorenz
The Elegant Universe, and Fabric of the Cosmos, both by Brian Greene
Flatland by Abbott (but this is more of a social commentary, still interesting)
Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jonnes
The Science of Superheroes By Lois H. Gresh
Engines of Creation By K. Eric Drexler
Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!: By Arthur C. Clarke
The Case For Mars By Arthur C. Clarke & Robert Zubrin
The Poisoner’s Handbook, by Deborah Blum
Composition of Scientific Words by Roland Wilbur Brown
Taming the infinite by Ian Stewart
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical secrets by Simon Singh
the Little Book of Mathematical Principles, Theories, and Things By Robert Solomon
"Why does E=mc² (And why should we care?)" by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
Packing for Mars, Stiff, Bonk, Spook, and Gulp: all by Mary Roach
The Half-life of Facts By Samuel Arbesman
Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer
What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert L. Wolke
Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh
"The Velocity of Honey" By Jay Ingram
"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by Thomas Kuhn
The Cosmic Landscape By Leonard Susskind
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (pdf form here)
UPDATE: I’ve added a bunch more book recommendations since I first made this post.
If you have any science book recommendations that aren’t on the list, let me know! :)
Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it
It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.
Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.
They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.
You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.
Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do.
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.
I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.
Best way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA
Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish.
I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program.
Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon?
Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?
At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:
Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop
Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.
Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:
"don’t belong there"?! excuse you!
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?
In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils
On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)
Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire
So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions
Sorry, anon: I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m afraid I’m too busy living in the future.
Sorry I can’t hear your bullshit over my Theoretical Astrophysics Research.
Gosh, I’m so late to get on this thread. Sorry anon, I guess I was too busy working on my PhD thesis research… and we don’t get wifi down in the nuclear magnetic resonance core facility.
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