Introducing <em>The Scientist</em> Social Club
Introducing The Scientist Social Club
Our first event is a book club for Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 classic novel Arrowsmith, which we’ll discuss with two prominent scholars during a webinar on September 25.
Introducing The Scientist Social Club
Introducing The Scientist Social Club

Our first event is a book club for Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 classic novel Arrowsmith, which we’ll discuss with two prominent scholars during a webinar on September 25.

Our first event is a book club for Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 classic novel Arrowsmith, which we’ll discuss with two prominent scholars during a webinar on September 25.

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Book Excerpt from <em>COVID-19</em>
Book Excerpt from COVID-19
Debora MacKenzie | Jul 17, 2020
In Chapter 8, author Debora MacKenzie recounts an unfortunate history of baselessly blaming disease outbreaks on groups perceived as outsiders.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jul 13, 2020
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Opinion: Anticipating the Next Pandemic
Opinion: Anticipating the Next Pandemic
Debora MacKenzie | Jul 13, 2020
Our experience with COVID-19 has already shone a light on how (and how not) to address future outbreaks.
Book Excerpt from <em>Some Assembly Required</em>
Book Excerpt from Some Assembly Required
Neil Shubin | Jun 1, 2020
In the prologue to the book, author Neil Shubin sets the stage for discussing the iterative repurposing that marks several transformational developments throughout evolution.
Armchair Virologists
Armchair Virologists
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2020
Pretending to be a javelin aficionado is one thing. Professing to have real insight into the ongoing pandemic is quite another.
Revolutionary Repurposing
Revolutionary Repurposing
Neil Shubin | Jun 1, 2020
Evolution needn’t make improbable leaps to facilitate transitions into uncharted biological territory. Adapting new uses for existing structures works just fine.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Idea of the Brain</em>
Book Excerpt from The Idea of the Brain
Matthew Cobb | May 1, 2020
In Chapter 10, “Memory," author Matthew Cobb takes readers inside a couple of seminal moments in the scientific search for memory’s mechanics.
Where Do Our Memories Live?
Where Do Our Memories Live?
Matthew Cobb | May 1, 2020
A new book explores research through the ages that has tried to map the intricacies of the human brain, including pinpointing the seat of memory.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Waterside Ape</em>
Book Excerpt from The Waterside Ape
Peter Rhys-Evans | Apr 1, 2020
In Chapter 11, “Surfer’s Ear,” author Peter Rhys-Evans describes a key piece of evidence he says supports his hypothesis of a brief period of semi-aquatic living in early hominins.