Robin Ince, "The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity" (Atlantic Books, 2021)


Multi-award-winning comedian and author Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell back in love with science and now presents one of the world’s most popular science radio shows and podcasts. In the last decade, Robin has found himself immersed in science, recording almost 150 episodes of the Rose d'Or award winning The Infinite Monkey Cage whose guests have included Nobel Prize winners, apollo astronauts, Steve Martin, and going on three record-breaking world tours with Professor Brian Cox. He has seen the universe change before his eyes.

Robin's latest book, The Importance of Being Intersted (Atlantic Books, 2021), deals with some of the most daunting ideas about our universe and ourselves, charting author Robin Ince's changing understanding through personal stories as well as a remarkable array of interviewees including Apollo 9's Rusty Schweickart, ground-breaking primatologist Jane Goodall, Nobel prize winner Paul Nurse, Brian Eno, Helen Sharman and many more.

From the glorious appeal of the stars above to why scientific curiosity can encourage much needed intellectual humility, this optimistic and profound book will leave you filled with a thirst for intellectual adventure.

John Weston teaches academic communication at Tampere University, Finland. His work focuses on the sociolinguistics of knowledge, and creative writing and wellbeing. Twitter: @johnwphd. Email:

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John Weston is a freelance writer living in Finland.

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