[Free eBook & Audiobook] Tal by Henrik Kragh Sørensen [Danish Mathematics Academic Essay]

Tal (Number) by Henrik Kragh Sørensen, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University, is the 47th in the Tænkepauser (Thinking Breaks) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays meant to introduce academic topics to a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This essay apparently explains the fiddlier points of numbers and various related mathematical concepts such as infinity and how “guess my number” games work, for the non-numerically inclined.

Offered through March 13th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.

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[Free eBook] Statistik: viden fra data by Jens Ledet Jensen [Danish Statistics Introductory Textbook]

Statistik: viden fra data (Statistics: Knowledge from Data) by Jens Ledet Jensen, a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Aarhus University, is his Danish-language introductory guide to statistics, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is a guide intended for the not-particularly mathematically-inclined, providing a grounding in understanding the basics as well as selected example models often used in research reports and economic policy write-ups.

Offered through the month of March, available DRM-free worldwide.

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[Free eBook] Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Bernard Knight [True Crime Professional Memoir]

Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Welsh author Bernard Knight, who has also written the popular Crowner John mystery series, is his vintage non-fiction professional overview cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Robert Hale using the Bernard Picton pseudonym. This is a combination of Q&A and true crime memoir about forensic pathology in Britain in the decades leading up to the 1970s, drawing upon the author’s own personal experience, which he would later incorporate into his bestselling mystery novels. Although this has not been updated to cover developments in the years since, the original information about investigative procedures and medical knowledge still provides a nifty snapshot of everything you might want to know about what could be detected from potential crime scenes and how it was handled back then.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Viden by Kristian Hvidtfeldt Nielsen [Danish Academic Knowledge Research Essay]

Viden (Knowledge) by Kristian Hvidtfeldt Nielsen, an associate professor and science history researcher at Aarhus University, is the 46th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) of series of accessibly-written Danish-language short introductory essays on various academic topics meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the topic of knowledge, apparently dipping into a mix of philosophy, pop culture, and scientific research into consciousness to explore the ways in which we are capable of knowing and expressing what we know, or don’t know, or know that we don’t know, or don’t know how to express, etc.

Offered DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook, available through February 13th.

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[Free eBook] Elephants Are Not Picked From Trees by Liv Emma Thorsen [Nature Museum Exhibit History]

Elephants Are Not Picked From Trees: Animal Biographies in the Gothenburg Natural History Museum by Liv Emma Thorsen, a professor emerita at the University of Oslo in Norway, is her natural museum exhibit micro-history book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is an accessibly-written academic history showcasing the origins of four of the subtitular Swedish natural history museum’s preserved animal exhibits. This is really very nifty, not only lavishly illustrated with period and modern photographs, but also with plenty of info explaining the historical cultural background surrounding the fad for taxidermied animal acquisition in past centuries, as well as quotes from original documents about the acquisition process and subsequent treatment and setup of the exhibits and their ensuing reception by the public. (Sadly, the notorious Gripsholm Lion, made memetically infamous as perhaps the worst ever historically taxidermied lion put on display, does not appear to be mentioned anywhere in its pages.)

Offered through the month of January, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Alder by Suresh Rattan [Danish Academic Ageing & Gerontology Research Essay]

Alder (Age) by Suresh Rattan, a gerontology researcher at Aarhus University, is the the 45th in the Tænkepauser series of accessibly-written Danish-language short introductory essays on various academic topics meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language essay covers the topic of ageing and age-related scientific research, with a semi-philosophical look into the view of ageing in society and contemplation of the potential for life extension in our modern age.

Offered as a DRM-free ebook and accompanying MP3 audiobook, available worldwide through January 9th.

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[Free eBook] Hope on Earth: A Conversation [Science, Ethics, & Politics Discussion]

Hope on Earth: A Conversation by biologist Paul R. Ehrlich, who happens to be Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University, & Michael Charles Tobias, an ecologist and filmmaker, is a collection of their conversations on various topics related to ecology and environmental science, also touching upon related politics and current affairs, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher University of Chicago Press.

This is presented mainly in the form of transcripts of rather chatty conversations of varying lengths between the two, with occasional contributions by University of California professor John Harte. The topics are very wide-ranging, mainly focusing on science and nature subjects but digressing into chickens and culture, among other things. There are also some informational backgrounders, tips on helping to make the world a better place, and illustrative nature photos.

Offered worldwide, available directly from the publisher throughout September, as their Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook] Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change by Mark Monmonier [Cartography & Earth Science]

*Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change** by Mark Monmonier, a Distinguished Professor of Geology at Syracuse University, is an overview of how cartography aids with geology, free for a limited time courtesy of the the University of Chicago Press.

This is a layperson-accessible read, using both historical accounts and modern anecdotes to explain the tools and techniques that mapmakers use to measure and record assorted geographical data with an eye to turning it into maps, thus enabling scientists to chart change over time. Offered through the month of June, available worldwide DRM-free.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Smag by Susanne Højlund Pedersen [Danish Academic Sensory Science & Culture Essay]

Smag (Taste) by Susanne Højlund, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University in Denmark, is the 40th Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short introductory academic essays meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press.

This essay is part of the Antropologi (Anthropology) subject category, and is on the topic of the science behind the sensation of taste and the effects it has on body and culture. Offered as a DRM-free ebook and accompanying MP3 audiobook, available worldwide through June 13th.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Sprog by Mikkel Wallentin [Danish Academic Language Development & Brain Research Essay]

Sprog (Language) by Mikkel Wallentin, an associate professor and brain researcher at Aarhus Uhiversity in Denmark, is the 38th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short academic essays meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus Universitetsforlaget.

This essay is part of the Sprog (Language) subject category, and is on the topic of the development of language usage and the accompanying brain functions. Offered through April 11th as an e-book and accompanying audiobook reading, available worldwide DRM-free.

available worldwide DRM-free through April 11th