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Meet the Authors: Conversations with Best-Selling Science Writers

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge

Spend a thought-provoking afternoon with four leading science authors as they share insights from their latest books. The conversations will move from the mind-bending physics of nothing to the surprising trend of science-themed tattoos, from the dark secrets of scientific research to the evolutionary mystery of the human condition. Bring your questions, your books, and your tattoos!

Carl Zimmer
1:00 PM
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed (Sterling, 2011)

In his fascinating investigation of scientists with tattoos, celebrated science writer Carl Zimmer discovers that tattoo artists now receive more requests for winding double-DNA strands than they do for “Mom.” Zimmer, an accidental curator of scholarly science ink, shares his experience reporting on hundreds of brainy tattoos—equations, chemical elements, orbits, molecular structures, and all manner of flora and fauna. Have a science tattoo? Zimmer will give you expert tips on how to photograph it, enhance it or hide it.

Peter Pringle
3:00 PM
Experiment Eleven: Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug (Walker and Company, 2012)

Acclaimed investigative journalist and bestselling author Peter Pringle unravels the dark secrets behind the discovery of one of the most important drugs of the last century—streptomycin, the first antibiotic to successfully treat tuberculosis. Pringle’s spellbinding account of the development of this life-altering wonder drug exposes the role of power, hubris and deceit in the process of medical research. Pringle invites audience members to join him in a spirited debate over the definition of scientific discovery—how do you define it? Who gets the credit? 

Lawrence Krauss
5:30 PM
A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing (Free Press, 2012)

In his latest non-fiction science thriller, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss tackles two of the biggest scientific and philosophical questions of our time: How could the universe arise from nothing? And what is nothing, anyway? Join Krauss as he takes us on a journey to the beginning of time, to the beginning of nothing at all, and uses the latest findings in physics to turn these time-worn questions on their head.

E.O. Wilson: A special book signing
8:00 PM
The Social Conquest of Earth (Liveright, 2012)

In his highly anticipated new book, The Social Conquest of Earth, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning biologist E.O. Wilson draws on a lifetime of pioneering research to explain in enthralling, insightful prose the baffling origin of the human condition. How did humans evolve from simple creature to the most dominant species on Earth? What gives cooperative animals like ants, bees and humans an evolutionary advantage? This special book signing offers a rare opportunity to meet one of most influential scientists of our time.


  • Carl Zimmer

    Science Writer Award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer explores the frontiers of biology in his writing. His work appears regularly in The New York Times and many magazines, and he is the author of twelve books, including A Planet of Viruses. More »
  • Peter Pringle

    Author Peter Pringle is author of The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov and co-author of nine previous books. His book, Food Inc., traced the history of biotech agriculture. The former Moscow bureau chief for The Independent, he has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic and The Nation. More »
  • Lawrence M. Krauss

    Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author Internationally known theoretical physicist and best-selling author Lawrence Krauss has focused his research on the intersection of cosmology and elementary particle physics. Dr. Krauss’s work addresses questions about the origin of matter in the universe. More »
  • Edward O. Wilson

    Evolutionary Biologist and Author E.O. Wilson is a life-long explorer of the natural world whose pioneering studies of ants have led to revolutionary insights across a wide range of fields, from evolution to animal and human behavior. More »