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George Johnson (1) (1952–)

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George Johnson was born in 1952, in Fayetteville, Ark. He has worked for newspapers in Albuquerque, N.Mex. and Minneapolis, Minn., and is a science writer for the New York Times. His first book, Architects of Fear: Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia in American Politics (1984), won a special vis mere achievement award in nonfiction from the Los Angeles chapter of International PEN. Many of Johnson's other books evidence thoughtful, spiritual examinations of the relation between man and science. Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith and the Search for Order (1995) is about the diversity of ideas in New Mexico. Johnson draws parallels between Los Alamos and the worshipful view of scientific discovery and the high desert, a sacred place for the Tewa Indians and Hermanos Penitentes. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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The Best American Science Writing 2000 (2000) — Bidragyder — 165 eksemplarer

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
University of New Mexico (BA|Journalism, English minor|1975)
American University (MA|Journalism and Public Affairs|1979)
science writer
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American Association for the Advancement of Science journalism award (twice)
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I am a writer working from my office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My next book, The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery, will be published in August 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf in the United States and The Bodley Head in the UK. Articles from my research have recently appeared in the New York Times: Unearthing Prehistoric Tumors and Cancer's Secrets Come Into Sharper Focus.

My previous book, The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, is out in paperback, and foreign rights have been sold in 15 languages. The Folio Society has published a special collector's edition. My books have been translated into Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Czech, Japanese, Polish, Swedish, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Greek, and Thai with editions forthcoming in Turkish, Romanian, Russian and Arabic. Two of them were shortlisted for the Royal Society book prize.

Three of my articles for the Times have won the AAAS Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and one is included in The Best American Science Writing, edited by James Gleick. I've also written for National Geographic, Slate, Scientific American, Time, Wired, and The Atlantic. I appear on bloggingheads.tv with my friend John Horgan for a show called Science Faction, and my blog, Fire in the Mind, is at Discover.com.

My essay The Books in the Basement is in the collection My Einstein: Essays by Twenty-four of the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy. Two others, Worshipping in the Church of Einstein (or How I Found Fischbeck's Rule) and On the Trail of the Illuminati: A Journalist's Search for The Conspiracy That Rules the World, were published in the anthology Secrets of Angels and Demons.

I described some of my thoughts about science writing in Inside the Black Box, which appeared in a different form in The Field Guide to Science Writing.

I am co-founder with Sandra Blakeslee of the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop. My observations about Santa Fe politics and other matters are in my anti-blog, The Santa Fe Review, which includes glimpses of the surroundings through my web cams.

Here are links to my shocking appearance on The Colbert Report and a video of my being pickpocketed by Apollo Robbins at a consciousness conference on the Las Vegas Strip. I wrote about the experience in Sleights of Mind.




clear, concise, easy to read, very informative, and phrased in ways I will remember the information. no two cancers are the same, but they all have similarities. so while a certain treatment may work best in one type of cancer, it may still have impacts on others.
zizabeph | 4 andre anmeldelser | May 7, 2023 |
An interesting discussion of cancer: what it is, why it happens, and why a cure is so elusive.
brokenangelkisses | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jan 26, 2023 |
Have you ever wondered exactly how we learn? How we remember? Remembering, of course, is a crucial part of learning. This book takes us deeply into the realm of neuroscience, into the brain itself, and particularly into those synapses that fire (or don't) from time to time.

As yet, the exact mechanism for remembering has not been found, but various disciplines have been merging toward a common conclusion. The persons studying the science of memory have come from neuroscience, biology, physics, and even philosophy and computer science. The different researchers headed in different directions for years, until finally in the 1990s they started to pull in the same direction.

Honestly, a lot of the specific explanations for how the synapses fire and what the neurotransmitters do did not stick firmly in my head. I can't really blame Johnson for that, however, because he has done an amazing job of explaining without dumbing down. I found the stories of the individuals involved sometimes more interesting and absorbing. We may think scientists are devoid of envy and ambition but of course that is not true. There are many different ways to go astray, even for a scientist.

The general ideas I did take away from this book serve me well. It makes good sense to me, for example, that we can retrain certain paths that we have developed over time, to go in different directions. This was not the focus of the book but one of the side effects.

If you are interested in how it all really works, this is the book to start with. I am guessing that there are others written more recently that might build on it.
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slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Another sharp, clean tiny biography from the Great Discoveries series. Johnson leverages every scrap of documentation maximally and ultimately runs up against the limits of the record (he squeezes a few good paragraphs out of census forms). Still, a job well done: I know what Leavitt did and perhaps as much about herself as can be known (not much, really).
Eoin | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jun 3, 2019 |



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