I am a freelance writer specializing in fundamental physics, cosmology, cognitive science and philosophy, and author of the book Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn (Bantam, January 2014). I am a consultant for New Scientist magazine, where I previously served as Books & Arts editor and founded CultureLab. I was a 2012-13 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. 


My writing has been featured in The New York Times, Nautilus, New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature, Quanta, Edge.org, NOVA Next, Atlantic, Sky and Telescope, Technology Review, Astronomy.com, Mercury, Forbes and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as in the books What Should We Be Worried About? (Harper Perennial, 2014) and This Will Make You Smarter (Harper Perennial, 2012), both edited by John Brockman. I am the former co-director of NeuWrite Boston, a collaborative working group for scientists and writers, with computer scientist Jean Yang. I also co-host BookLab, a podcast about popular science books, with science journalist Dan Falk.


I have a Master's degree in the Philosophy and History of Science from the London School of Economics. I live in Somerville, Massachusetts.






Photo by Webb Chappell