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George Johnson writes regularly about science for The New York Times. He has also written for National Geographic, Slate, Discover, Scientific American, Wired, and The Atlantic, and his work has been included in The Best American Science Writing. A former Alicia Patterson fellow, he has received awards from PEN and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his books were twice finalists for the Royal Society’s book prize. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The Cancer Chronicles
Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, George Johnson set out to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who spend their careers trying to understand and to fight it. What he discovered is a revolution under... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Cancer Chronicles
Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
Written by George Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $27.95

When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way—an explosion of new ideas... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

The Cancer Chronicles
Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Fire in the Mind
Science, Faith, and the Search for Order
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 17, 1996
Price: $17.95

"A must for all those seriously interested in the key ideas at the frontier of scientific discourse."--Paul Davies

Are there really laws governing the universe? Or is the order we see a mere artifact of the way evolution wired the brain? And is what we call science only a set of myths... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Fire in the Mind
Science, Faith, and the Search for Order
Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2010
Price: $13.99

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In the Palaces of Memory
How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads
Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 22, 2010
Price: $12.99

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In the Palaces of Memory
How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1992
Price: $19.00

In the Palaces of Memory is a sosphisticated, comprehenseive and fascinating analysis of the science of memory. Johnson has achieved a rare blend of scientific and literary sophistication. Faithful to its complexities and controversies, the book is a fully dimensional portrait, a hologram, of the field.” —Richar Mark, Friedhoff, USA Today

“As... Read more >
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Machinery of the Mind

Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: November 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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A Shortcut Through Time
The Path to the Quantum Computer
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $14.00

In this remarkably illustrative and thoroughly accessible look at one of the most intriguing frontiers in science and computers, award-winning New York Times writer George Johnson reveals the fascinating world of quantum computing—the holy grail of super computers where the computing power of single atoms is harnassed to create machines capable... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

A Shortcut Through Time
The Path to the Quantum Computer
Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Strange Beauty
Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $20.00

George Johnson's informed and insightful biography of Murray Gell-Mann goes far in helping us understand the complexities of both the man and the science in which he has loomed so large.  Gell-Mann's discoveries of the quark and the Eightfold Way were cornerstones for all that has followed in particle physics, the effort... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Strange Beauty
Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 2010
Price: $13.99

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Written by George Johnson


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $15.95

A dazzling, irresistible collection of the ten most ground-breaking and beautiful experiments in scientific history.

With the attention to detail of a historian and the story-telling ability of a novelist, New York Times science writer George Johnson celebrates these groundbreaking experiments and re-creates a time when the world seemed filled with... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Written by George Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $22.95

From the acclaimed New York Times science writer George Johnson, an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science—moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply.

Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed... Read more >
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