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David Dobbs on science, nature, and culture.



dobbspic I write on science, medicine, nature, culture and other matters for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, National Geographic, Scientific American Mind, and other publications. (Find clips here.) I've also written three books, including Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral, which traces the strangest but most forgotten controversy in Darwin's career — an elemental dispute running some 75 years. Oliver Sacks found Reef Madness "brilliantly written, almost unbearably poignant." Check it out.

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Author and journalist David Dobbs writes on science, medicine, nature, education, and culture for the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Scientific American Mind, and other publications; his work has appeared in Houghton Mifflin's esteemed Best American Science and Nature Writing and the Ecco/HarperPerennial Best American Science Writing.

He is also the author of three books (see below), most recently Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral, which tells of the second-most-famous controversy Charles Darwin was ever part of (as well as the third most famous).

Dobbs lectures frequently about his book and magazine topics, writing, and neuroscience. He has given presentations, including several on the controversy over Darwin's coral reef theory, to large professional, academic, and lay audiences at libraries, conferences, and universities and institutions including Harvard, Dartmouth, University of Pacific, the University of Vermont, and the New York Academy of Sciences's acclaimed "Science and the City" series. For lecture inquiries, please write dave[at]


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