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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 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.

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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)
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National Academies Award!

Great news! The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine give out a prize for the best science book each year. This year, they picked She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity You can read about it--and about winners in other categories--here. Read more of this blog post »
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A short book about the long quest to build an airship that could rival airplanes. It reads like a long New Yorker feature, and its style is classic McPhee, with long musing quotes, an amazing flashback to the glory days of the Hindenburg, and the tin ...more
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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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Cause and effect may seem like the stuff of pure philosophy, but Judea Pearl shows how important causation is to the applications of science, from the technology in our cell phones to the link from smoking to cancer. Pearl, a UCLA computer scientist, ...more
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The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum
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Over the years, I've interviewed Prum several times for various articles about birds--from the way some birds can sing with their wing feathers to the baroque sexual anatomy of ducks. In those interviews, the conversation would sometimes take us into ...more
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The Songs of Trees by David George Haskell
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I'm a big fan of Haskell's work. Here's the blurb I gave for The Song of Trees:

"David Haskell does the impossible in The Song of Trees. He picks out a dozen trees around the world and inspects each one with the careful eye of a scientist. But from th
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"Is evolution a story foretold? Or is it little more than the rolls of DNA's dice? In Improbable Destinies, Jonathan Losos tackles these fascinating questions not with empty philosophizing, but
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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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“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.”
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“Evolution has taught them that pointless harm will ultimately harm themselves.”
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