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A Chat with Biologist Edward O. Wilson on SciAm’s 168th Anniversary

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.


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I am very pleased to announce that the SciAm community will be graced by the presence of one of the most well-known naturalists, Edward O. Wilson, an eminent biologist, researcher, and theorist who is the world’s leading authority on ants. He is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for his thoughtful and insightful writings. If you haven’t picked up any of his books, it is certainly not too late to start! Join us at noon EDT today (August 27) below.

E.O. Wilson's Latest Book, "Letters to a Young Scientist"

The hangout discussion will focus on Dr. Wilson’s latest book, “Letters to a Young Scientist,” where he offers advice to those choosing a career in science about finding a place that resonates with your passions and abilities. We will also converse with him about strategies for communicating science to the general public, which he does so adeptly.

Enjoy a preview of his book, as told by him in this TED talk.

This event is a collaboration between the Read Science! Google Hangout on Air Program and Scientific American. My co-host, Jeff Shaumeyer and I will be your hosts.

The hangout coincides (minus one day) with the 168th anniversary of Scientific American’s first issue. Join us Tuesday, August 27th, at noon EDT for 30 minutes. You can watch the livestream here.

All of this would not be possible without some help behind the scenes and I’d like to acknowledge the assistance of Charlie Schick (@molecularist on twitter), whom I met in person at an iGEM international synthetic biology competition at MIT. He is taking time out of his day to drive to Dr. Wilson’s house and assist in setting up for our Google Hangout on Air! Frankly, as thrilled as I am to be speaking with Dr. Wilson via new technology, I think Charlie is the most fortunate of us all, to be sitting in his presence, if only for a few hours.

Since we all can’t be Charlie, please join us for the next best thing!

Joanne Manaster About the Author: Joanne Manaster is a university level cell and molecular biology lecturer with an insatiable passion for science outreach to all ages. Enjoy her quirky videos at www.joannelovesscience.com, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience Follow on Twitter @sciencegoddess.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Scienceisnotagenda 9:28 am 08/23/2013

    No thanks. Wilson was a great inspiration. Fascinated by his work on ants.

    Unfortunately he then strayed off into some pseudo socio biological correctness. Too much mixing of science and advocacy.

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  2. 2. vertland@aol.com 3:12 pm 08/26/2013

    TED will never touch on the problem of overpopulation, but Dr. Wilson has been an advocate of reducing huminty for decades.

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  3. 3. mcwong 3:42 pm 08/26/2013

    Mr. Wilson is one of our ‘best-known’ not ‘most well-known’ naturalists. The superlative of ‘well’ is ‘
    best,’ as in ‘well-known,’ ‘better-known’ and ‘best-known’ naturalists.

    Please try to avoid this common and awkward error. Thanks.

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  4. 4. vernauthor 11:39 am 08/28/2013

    Broadening our perspectives, and opening the door to the excitement of discovery using scientific tools and methods is what we need to remain the most advanced society on earth. Mr. Wilson’s writings exemplify both.

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  5. 5. vernauthor 11:59 am 08/28/2013

    Overcoming the growing push back to discredit evolution after more than one hundred years of accumulated evidence for the process, requires explanations that are less threatening to those who find the idea, (that natural processes can shape living forms to fit changing environments) counter to the revealed words of God.
    “Darwin’s Paw” highlights this dilemma and offers a possible solution.

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