Gifts For Nerds #398

December 02, 2016

Once again, we're here to help you with all your nerd-specific holiday shopping with our annual gift guide for science lovers. We brought back Skepchick writer Mary Brock and science librarian John Dupuis to give us their top picks from their 2016 science reads. And we invited back Mad Art Lab's Courtney Caldwell and GeekWrapped's Simon Saval to recommend some science and geek themed gifts you won't find in a library.

Visit our news section for the full book list with links and the full non-book science-themed gift idea list with links.


  • Mary Brock
  • John Dupuis
  • Courtney Caldwell
  • Simon Saval
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Guest Bios

Mary Brock

Mary Brock is a scientist who works in immunology. She loves reading books, particularly narrative nonfiction and Stephen King. She doesn't have enough time these days to watch all the movies she wants, but she does watch a lot of trailers. And her web browser usually has at least 30 tabs open, ostensibly to be read at an unknown time in the future. Mary is a contributor at Skepchick and co-founder of Grounded Parents, a sister site that focuses on the intersection of science, skepticism, feminism, and parenting.

John Dupuis

John Dupuis is a scholarly publishing librarian and engineering liaison at the Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University in Toronto. John has a Masters of Library and Information studies degree, used to blog at Confessions of a Science Librarian, and currently writes the weekly-ish newsletter Covid is Not Over. His research and professional interests include science books, the future of academic libraries, open access advocacy, scholarly communications in computer science, and Canadian science policy.

Courtney Caldwell

Courtney Caldwell is a communications professional by day, a writer for Skepchick and Mad Art Lab by night, and lover of all things geek! Follower her on Twitter at @caldwell_court.

Simon Saval

Simon Saval is an entrepreneur and investor living in Los Angeles. A native of Germany, he received his bachelor’s degrees in business and international relations from the University of Southern California. He is the founder and CEO of, the world’s largest curated collection of unique science gifts. The organization’s goals are to popularize science through products that stimulate the imagination and to raise money for national charities.