Growing up in Bath, England, Adam Kucharski had broad interests, ranging from history to physics. But when it was time to choose a degree at the University of Warwick, he settled on math. During his time as a PhD student in applied math at the University of Cambridge, he veered increasingly towards studying epidemiology, modeling the evolution of viral diseases. Today, as a researcher at Imperial College London’s MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, he studies the effects of immunity and social structure on the spread of disease, which he writes about in his feature “Factoring In Face Time.” “There are so many often hidden aspects we’ve got to deal with as epidemiologists,” he says. “Even when I was quite young I was interested in trying to work out what’s going on behind what we see.” Kucharski started writing for science magazines during his graduate studies,...

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