Gary Taubes

Science writer Gary Taubes is the author of four books, including the 2011 best-seller Why We Get Fat. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times. A former staff writer for Discover, his work has also appeared in Science, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He is currently writing a book about sugar, and recently helped launch a nonprofit to fund scientific research into the links between diet and chronic disease.

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Science writer Gary Taubes is the author of Nobel Dreams; Bad ScienceGood Calories, Bad Calories, and Why We Get Fat. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times and was awarded an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 1996-97 and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Independent Investigator Award in Health Policy. Born in Rochester, New York, Taubes studied applied physics at Harvard and aerospace engineering at Stanford (MS, 1978). After receiving a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1981, Taubes joined Discover magazine as a staff reporter. Since then he also has written for Science, the New York Times Magazine, and others. Originally focusing on physics issues, his interests have more recently turned to medicine and nutrition. Taubes' books have all dealt with scientific controversies. Nobel Dreams takes a critical look at the politics and experimental techniques behind the Nobel Prize-winning work of physicist Carlo Rubbia. Bad Science is a chronicle of the short-lived media frenzy surrounding the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion experiments of 1989. He is currently writing a book about sugar, and recently helped launch a nonprofit to fund scientific research into the links between diet and chronic disease.