A series of excerpts from the upcoming novel.
How we learned to see the folds, twists, and curls of proteins.
Snowclones and the history of the next big thing.
What the phenomenon of simultaneous discovery can tell us about how we mythologize
our lone scientific visionaries in hindsight.
Seeing amoeba and seeing ourselves.
The American Museum of Natural History’s tumultuous struggle to define biology in the early 20th century.
Crossing disciplinary boundaries, from physics to biology to philosophy of science.
Konrad Lorenz and analogy as a scientific method. An excerpt from Bird Lovers, Backyard.
Inside Yucca Mountain, incomprehensibly long time scales clash with human ones—pairing the monumental and the mundane.
What the history of handwashing in hospitals tells us about ego and the kneejerk reflex to reject evidence.
Coyotes are experts at crossing boundaries in the Southern California ecotone.
“We are as gods and might as well get good at it.” – Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog