Book Giveaway #2!

It’s the end of my semester, just one optional final to give and then I’m off to live with the spiders for a few months. Look at the photo! The UMM BioClub gave me a little succulent as a present!
Last week, I gave away a few old textbooks, and this is going to be a weekly tradition for a while. Today what I’m giving away* are:

  • Neurobiology, 3rd ed., by Shepherd. Another good text I’ve used in classes in the past. I’ve got a few of these general neuro texts that I can part with, since I’ve also got the monster tomes by Zigmond et al. and by Kandel et al., which have me covered for reference works.
  • Principles of Development, 4th ed., by Wolpert & Tickle. This has been my go-to text for developmental biology for years, but I’ve got the 6th edition, so this one is redundant.
  • Introduction to Cancer Biology, by Hesketh. I’ve used this in undergrad cancer biology courses because it is a lot more digestible than that dense volume of Weinberg’s standard biology of cancer text.

Last time, I also gave away evil, bad books, but this week I decided to be kind. If you want stupid books to laugh at, let me know and maybe I’ll include some in future giveaways.
So how do you get your hands on one of these? Easy, just ask, either here or on Patreon. You don’t need to be a patron to get one, I’ll just read the requests and pick those that seem worthy to me. If you don’t get what you want this time, I’ll be posting a selection every week. I’ve got to get these bookshelves cleaned up a bit!
*Evolving Darwin playset, Darwin bobblehead, box of Eppendorf pipette tips, or any of the miscellaneous other clutter on my desk not included.


  1. cros42o says

    Hey, I just started following you on Twitter but I learned about you years ago through Rational Wiki. I’d love to throw my name in for the chance to win these books. I’m 37 and planning on getting a degree in a social science but I’m always thirsting for more knowledge. I appreciate all you do, sir!

  2. indianajones says

    Well, I would like to play! I don’t have a particular interest in biology, I am more an electronics tech kinda guy with an interest in engineering and maths. So, I have kept every single text book I have ever owned and collected more from other people too. Thank you Grandpa for an 8 volume set called ‘Applied Electricity’ printed in the 1940’s! I like to think that if civilization ever collapses to the point of of WW4 style sticks and stones battle, then I have a library here that would go a long way towards quite literally rebuilding it. Both in terms of the mathematical concepts and language needed and also in terms of the actual ‘and this how you put it all together’ stuff. Any of these books would make a fine addition. Good luck to the other applicants.

    P.S. I would say that I understand that shipping to Australia would be difficult. So if I win I would be more than happy to pay for that.

  3. Robbo says

    I’m a physicist. I had biology in high school, decades ago. I could sure use a good beginner text book.

  4. hemidactylus says

    I already have the 3rd edition of Shepherd AND Delcomyn’s 1997 Foundations of Neurobiology.

  5. slebaud says

    Ages ago when the Internet didn’t even exist, I flunked High School biology. Not my best moment. By no coincidence I married a wonderful biologist who consistently amazes me even after years. I’ve been trying to catch up to her ever since. Thankfully, Gould, and particularly David Quammen, and so many authors have since rescued my impoverished mind to make me a late, late comer to the world of science. You consistently lose me when presenting complex issues of cellular biology, but I’m hanging on best I can.
    I am particularly interested in the Introduction to Cancer Biology, that would be great. What would be total icing: the bobblehead.
    Thank you for the many musings.

  6. firebirdkat says

    I would like to throw my hat in for “Principles of Development”. I have some knowledge of biology, but I would like to learn more about development – your blog have raised my curiosity on that area :).
    I am calling from Denmark, though, and I fully understand if shipping over here is too much.

  7. Scott Simmons says

    Ooh, I would love to get the Introduction to Cancer Biology. Will provide context for my spouse’s current fight.

  8. ANB says

    Principles of Development is of high interest. My father taught biology in college, yet I’ve never had much science (or math) education, having had terrible teachers from 7th grade through 12th grade (and several mediocre ones in college including grad school). (I can blame teachers because 1) I am one and therefore 2) know clearly what makes a good teacher). (My most recent position was as a Superintendent/Principal, but I’m off to work in the tech world now).

    But I would REALLY like to have this textbook to read this summer. Thanks for the consideration, and I’d be happy if any of my fellow blog readers would get it too–just not as much as me.

  9. gleigh says

    I am a cancer survivor. I would like the Intro to Cancer Biology, (at least I think I would like it). I had no idea there were classes in Cancer Biology, but I sure am thankful that people studied the subject and knew what do to for me. I received great care and so far I’m hanging in. I have always dealt with scary stuff by learning everything I can about whatever scared me. Take that you stupid monster – I’m on to you – you won’t scare me! So I would like to read more about cancer. Thanks

  10. birgerjohansson says

    Reading online articles, I would like to believe that there is a torrent of small breakthroughs in cancer research that might add up to noticeable peogress against the hardest-to-beat cancers.

    Indeed, so much is happening it must be hard for authors to keep up.
    This is definitely an area where rapid obsolescence is a good thing.

  11. says

    As someone married to a research biologist in pediatric medicine, that book on developmental biology looks pretty tasty as a means to help me better understand their work.

  12. Jonne Steen Redeker says

    hey PZ, I would love to take part in the book giveaway, but would understand it if it is too much of a hassle to ship to the Netherlands.

  13. silvrhalide says

    If it’s not too late, I would like to put in a request for the Introduction to Cancer Biology. Sadly, my college education (biology, if it matters) ended before the Human Genome Project and I am currently fighting to 1) clean up the local Superfund site (NYSDEC site code#152016) and 2) protect the surrounding open space (undeveloped, wild) which is currently under consideration for development as a new public rail yard. Fighting with facts would be helpful.

    **The open space mentioned above is also useful as a breeding grounds for a variety of toads & other amphibians. The ponds are variable and seasonal and also appear to be free of chytrid and atrazine contamination–no limb deformities, no hordes of dead amphibians. The local politicians are receptive (one is a former professor of geology) but NY DEC is an uphill battle. Also, the DEC isn’t staffed by the best and brightest, or even the non-lazy.