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Write Science

Curated to spark thought-provoking ideas and engaging conversations, this program series offers the opportunity to meet leading writers in science, technology and art.

Free with Museum admission.
Seating is limited.

The Trailblazing Women Scientists That Decoded the Hidden Universe

Join us for a conversation with Shohini Ghose and Lisa Kewley.

Long-overlooked women physicists and astronomers discovered the fundamental rules of the universe and reshaped the rules of society. Join award-winning quantum physicist Shohini Ghose to hear these inspiring stories and learn about the new book Her Space, Her Time: How Trailblazing Women Scientists Decoded the Hidden Universe. Dr. Ghose will be in conversation with Lisa Kewley, Director of the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian.

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Shohini Ghose

Professor of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
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Lisa Kewley

Director of the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian

Tackling Disinformation and Misinformation

Disinformation and misinformation are having a profound impact on American society. Join us for a conversation between Lee McIntyre, author of On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy, and Adam Berinsky, author of Political Rumors: Why We Accept Misinformation and How to Fight It, as they discuss the roots and scope of the problem and share the tools necessary to win the war on truth.

Lee McIntyre

Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University

Adam Berinsky

Mitsui Professor of Political Science/ Director of the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab (PERL)

Twelve Tomorrows: How Science Fiction uses Today’s Technology to Envision the Future

Since 2011, the MIT Press’s Twelve Tomorrows series of anthologies has brought together the day’s leading science fiction authors and tasked them with exploring the role and potential impact of developing technologies in the near, and not-so-near, future.

How will technology impact the future of our emotional connections with one another? Can an imagined pandemic prepare us for the next real one? What does human flourishment look like in the Anthropocene? The stories of Twelve Tomorrows remind us that we can choose our future and show us how we might build it.

Join a panel of Hugo Award-winning authors as they discuss the value and utility of using science fiction and cutting-edge research to imagine the future and interrogate the present.

William Alexander


Elizabeth Bear


James Patrick Kelly


Ken Liu


Suzanne Palmer


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Why Do Doctors Write Books?

Why do physicians choose to write books? Join us for a conversation between Jay Baruch, author of Tornado of Life and Mikkael Sekeres, author of Drugs and the FDA, both recently published by the MIT Press, as they explore whether they are doctors who write or writers who doctor, and the storytelling inherent in medicine.

The program will be moderated by Deborah Blum, science journalist and the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT. Following the conversation, you’ll have the chance to purchase the books and have them signed.

About the Books

Drugs and the FDA: Safety, Efficacy, and the Public's Trust, by Mikkael Sekeres:

How the FDA was shaped by public health crises and patient advocacy, told against a background of the contentious hearings on the breast cancer drug Avastin.

Food and Drug Administration approval for COVID-19 vaccines and the controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm made headlines, but few of us know much about how the agency does its work. Why is the FDA the ultimate US authority on a drug's safety and efficacy? In Drugs and the FDA, Mikkael Sekeres—a leading oncologist and former chair of the FDA's cancer drug advisory committee—tells the story of how the FDA became the most trusted regulatory agency in the world. It took a series of tragedies and health crises, as well as patient advocacy, for the government to take responsibility for ensuring the efficacy and safety of drugs and medical devices.

Tornado of Life: A Doctor's Journey through Constraints and Creativity in the ER, by Jay Baruch:

Stories from the ER: a doctor shows how empathy, creativity, and imagination are the cornerstones of clinical care.

To be an emergency room doctor is to be a professional listener to stories. Each patient presents a story; finding the heart of that story is the doctor's most critical task. More technology, more tests, and more data won't work if doctors get the story wrong. When caring for others can feel like venturing into unchartered territory without a map, empathy, creativity, imagination, and thinking like a writer become the cornerstones of clinical care. In Tornado of Life, ER physician Jay Baruch shares these struggles in a series of short, powerful, and affecting essays that invite the reader into stories rich with complexity and messiness.


Born in Cambridge

For centuries, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts has been home to a surprising number of innovative people and ideas across fields as varied as literature, social reform, the candy industry, computer technology, genetics and popular culture. Authors Karen Weintraub and Michael Kuchta explore these innovators in Born in Cambridge: 400 Years of Ideas and Innovators, recently published by The MIT Press.

Listen to what a panel of experts has to say in response to such questions as “How has this mid-sized city of just seven square miles managed to produce so many world-changing innovations and in the process reinvent itself, when so many other American cities have struggled to find new purpose after an initial period of success?” and "What is the secret sauce that has allowed the region to continue to attract talent and investment, and to regularly generate new ideas?"

Join us for this discussion on the history of innovation in Cambridge, and reflection on the nature of new ideas and urbanism.

Presented in conjunction with the MIT Press Bookstore.


Karen Weintraub, Panelist

Health Reporter, USA Today and Lecturer, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing

Michael Kuchta, Panelist

Senior Urban Design Planner, Harvard