Books by George Johnson

George Johnson, an award-winning New York Times science reporter, is the author of several books, most recently A Shortcut Through Time and Strange Beauty, a biography of Murray Gell-Mann. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


THE CANCER CHRONICLES by George Johnson
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Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"A thorough and nuanced presentation of the state of the science of cancer research, refreshing in its honest appraisal that the war is far from over."
Not quite "abandon all hope," but there's not much to cheer about in this wide-angled survey of where we are in the fight against cancer. Read full book review >
THE TEN MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS by George Johnson
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Released: April 9, 2008

"Pays wonderful homage to the science and scientists that helped create the modern world."
The New York Times science writer's favorite experiments from the golden ages of science. Read full book review >
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Released: March 2, 2003

"A tantalizing glimpse of how the uncertainties of quantum theory may yet be tamed for work of the highest precision."
New York Times science writer Johnson (Strange Beauty, 1999, etc.) explains why quantum computers are expected to be the next major breakthrough. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 1999

"A must-read for anyone studying physics or its history, and for others not afraid to swim in the sometimes deep and murky waters of cutting-edge science."
Part biography, part textbook on quarks and other phenomena discovered by one of the great particle physicists of the twentieth century. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A journey along the edge of human comprehension: accessible and even elegant, but a bit overstuffed."
A New York Times science writer contemplates the human compulsion to search for order and purpose in the origin of the universe and the development of life on earth. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 1990

A brief history of biological, psychological, functional, and philosophical theorizing on how learning and memory work in the human mind, by New York Times editor Johnson (Machinery of the Mind, 1986). Read full book review >