Currently a contributing writer for the New York Times Opinion section, Pagan is also the author of eleven books.
A doctor realizes that an innocent-looking tube is killing his patients. An engineer dreams of a science-fiction world and pioneers the cell phone. A father, left at home to care for his toddler, creates the sippy cup.
Why did these people hit on solutions that everyone else missed? Inventology takes the reader through the methods that visionaries use to imagine new technologies. Based on interviews with inventors, economists and psychologists – as well as evidence from studies– the book reveals the steps that produce discoveries.
THE FAT DRUG
Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.
But what if that meat is us?
The Cyborg in Us All
Fingers!” Gerwin Schalk sputtered, waving his hands around in the air. “Fingers are made to pick up a hammer.” He prodded the table, mimicking the way we poke at computer keyboards. “It’s totally ridiculous,” he said. >>>
THE THIN GENE
Abby Solomon suffers from a one-in-a-billion genetic syndrome: After just about an hour without food, she begins to starve…
Pagan is a contributing writer for the New York Times Opinion section and author of eleven books.
Pagan’s awards include an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, a Smithsonian fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.