When: Thursday December 4 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Rockefeller University
Weiss Building Room 305
1230 York Avenue @ 66th St.
On March 28, 1860, the New York Times brought the news to America about a new book called The Origin of Species. Darwin, the newspaper wrote, has “laid the foundation of one of the mightiest changes in philosophical thought.” Some 150 years later, reporters for publications like the New York Times are continuing to report on this ongoing change in how we understand the world and ourselves. In his talk, Carl Zimmer will discuss how he came to write about evolution and the special challenges faced by journalists who tackle the topic, from the dizzying pace of advances in genomics to the occasional email warning that Satan has blinded one’s eyes to the truth.
The New York Times Book Review calls Carl Zimmer “as fine a science essayist as we have.” In his books, essays, articles, and blog posts, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Zimmer has contributed articles to the New York Times, as well as magazines including National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, Science, and Popular Science. He also writes an award-winning blog, The Loom. From 1994 to 1998 Zimmer was a senior editor at Discover, where he remains a contributing editor. His honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Science Journalism Award, the Pan- American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting, the American Institute Biological Sciences Media Award, and the Everett Clark Award for science writing.