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Carl Zimmer

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Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of 13 books about science. His latest book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh, will be published in May 2018. Zimmer is a frequent guest on Radiolab and has written hundreds of articles for magazines such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Wired. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named. Visit him at carlzimmer.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/carlzimmerauthor and on Twitter @carlzimmer. ...more

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Carl Zimmer These days, attacks on science take certain forms, focused on certain things: climate change, evolution, and vaccines seem to top the list. These atta…moreThese days, attacks on science take certain forms, focused on certain things: climate change, evolution, and vaccines seem to top the list. These attacks are in a number of cases well-funded campaigns, and some politicians are backing some of them for their own political ends. Each particular case is concerning. Spreading misinformation about vaccines to worried parents leads to children getting sick in needless outbreaks, and even puts them at risk of death.

But there's another threat, a broader one, from these particular attacks: they can erode people's understanding of how science works in general. If people come to see science as just someone else's opinion, rather than a powerful way of knowing based on evidence, then all sorts of trouble may arise.(less)
Carl Zimmer Don't think of yourself as aspiring. If you're writing, you're a writer. But be a writer every day. That will require taking a bite out of the time yo…moreDon't think of yourself as aspiring. If you're writing, you're a writer. But be a writer every day. That will require taking a bite out of the time you spend doing other things, like sleeping. But if you feel passionately enough about writing, it will be worth it.

I've written more advice here: http://carlzimmer.com/writers.html and here: https://medium.com/@bobbie/carl-zimme...(less)
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My next book, Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive, is coming out March 9. You can enter a Goodreads Giveaway contest for the chance to get a free copy. Enter here. For more about LIFE'S EDGE, check out my web site . Read more of this blog post »
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Carl Zimmer Carl Zimmer said: " I do not do well with audiobooks. I quickly drift away to thoughts about other things. When I come back to the audiobook, I usually have no idea what's going on. I recently launched into Genius, James Gleick's biography of Richard Feynman, and this e ...more "

 
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“In 1494, King Charles VIII of France invaded Italy. Within months, his army collapsed and fled. It was routed not by the Italian army but by a microbe. A mysterious new disease spread through sex killed many of Charles’s soldiers and left survivors weak and disfigured. French soldiers spread the disease across much of Europe, and then it moved into Africa and Asia. Many called it the French disease. The French called it the Italian disease. Arabs called it the Christian disease. Today, it is called syphilis.”
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“Some ancient eukaryote swallowed a photosynthesizing bacteria and became a sunlight gathering alga. Millions of years later one of these algae was devoured by a second eukaryote. This new host gutted the alga, casting away its nucleus and its mitochondria, keeping only the chloroplast. That thief of a thief was the ancestor or Plasmodium and Toxoplasma. And this Russian-doll sequence of events explains why you can cure malaria with an antibiotic that kills bacteria: because Plasmodium has a former bacterium inside it doing some vital business.”
Carl Zimmer, Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

“The very word virus began as a contradiction. We inherited the word from the Roman Empire, where it meant, at once, the venom of a snake or the semen of a man. Creation and destruction in one word.”
Carl Zimmer, A Planet of Viruses

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