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Science and Story: The Write Angle

Thursday, May 29, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Whether it’s a literary classic like Frankenstein or the blog posts of a renowned physicist, isn’t all successful science writing, at its core, the result of a compelling narrative? Join these award winning writers in conversation about the wide array of techniques they’re using to humanize science and challenge their readers. We’ll explore how their novels, articles, and best-selling books can offer a path to the rewards of exploring and understanding unknown worlds.

This program is supported by The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

Moderator

John HockenberryJournalist

Three-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy Award winner, and Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry has broad experience as a journalist and commentator for more than two decades. Hockenberry is the anchor of the public radio show The Takeaway on WNYC and PRI.

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Participants

Sean CarrollTheoretical Physicist, Author

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. His research covers cosmology, field theory, dark energy, particle physics, and gravitation.

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E.L. DoctorowAuthor

E.L. Doctorow’s works of fiction include Homer & Langley, The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, the Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World.

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Jo MarchantAuthor

Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist who has served as editor for both New Scientist and Nature. Her work has appeared in The Economist, The Observer, and The Guardian. She has a Ph.D. in genetics and medical microbiology and has written on everything from genetics to underwater archaeology.

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Joyce Carol OatesAuthor

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls and The Gravedigger’s Daughter.

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Steven PinkerExperimental Psychologist, Psycholinguist, Author

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has won numerous prizes for his research, teaching, and books.

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