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George Johnson

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
Written by George Johnson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2014
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74230-8 (0-307-74230-X)

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...

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The Cancer Chronicles
Written by George Johnson
Knopf | Hardcover | August 2013
$27.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-59514-0 (0-307-59514-5)

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...

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Fire in the Mind
Written by George Johnson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1996
$17.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74021-6 (0-679-74021-X)

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 in which quarks, DNA, and information fill the role once occupied by gods? These questions lie at... Read more






In the Palaces of Memory
Written by George Johnson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1992
$19.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73759-9 (0-679-73759-6)

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A Shortcut Through Time
Written by George Johnson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2004
$14.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72618-7 (0-375-72618-7)

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






Strange Beauty
Written by George Johnson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$20.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75688-0 (0-679-75688-4)

With a New Afterword

"Our knowledge of fundamental physics contains not one fruitful idea that does not carry the name of Murray Gell-Mann."--Richard Feynman

Acclaimed science writer George Johnson brings his formidable reporting skills to the first biography of Nobel Prize-winner Murray Gell-Mann, the brilliant, irascible man who revolutionized modern particle physics with... Read more






The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Written by George Johnson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2009
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3423-9 (1-4000-3423-X)

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






The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Written by George Johnson
Knopf | Hardcover | April 2008
$22.95/25.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4101-5 (1-4000-4101-5)

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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