I’m a book author and a feature writer for a variety of American magazines. My recent stories, which you can find by clicking on the “articles” tab at the top of this page, tend to explore the intersections of science, engineering, economics, and society. At least to me, that’s where the most interesting things happen.

I’ve written quite a bit about innovation; I’ve also written quite a bit about California’s Silicon Valley. My first book, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, was published by Penguin Press in 2012. You can read more about it by clicking here. My forthcoming book, The Ice at the End of the World, chronicles 150 years of exploration and discovery on the Greenland ice sheet. It will be published by Random House in June 2019.


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The photo at the top of this page, of an ice-choked Disko Bay near the village of Ilulissat, was taken with my iPhone in September 2014.