For the past 15 years, I’ve worked as 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 and the innovative process. I’ve also written quite a bit about 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. I’m presently writing a science-oriented book for Random House about the past, present, and future of Greenland. Beginning in September 2016, I’ll be working as a Cullman fellow at the New York Public Library.
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.