The Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival, which will take place this Saturday in Washington D.C. Last year marked the first time Science had its own pavilion at the Festival, and it has returned this year.
This year’s Science Pavilion will feature books from 10 authors. Edward O. Wilson, who might be the best known of the bunch, will discuss his 2014 book, The Meaning of Human Existence. The book seeks to distinguish the human experience from that of other animals. Wilson will be part of a panel with Jeffrey Sachs, economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The work he will discuss at the Festival is The Age of Sustainable Development.
Andrea Wulf is one of two authors who will are launching their books with a stop at the Festival. She has written The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World, a biography of Humboldt that explores his perspective on the world. Casey Schwartz, a science journalist, is also launching her latest book, In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis. It covers how to different fields – psychoanalysis and neuroscience, may or may not be able to work together.
Judy Foreman, a medical journalist, will be promoting her book A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem. It focuses on chronic pain.
Paul Halpern, a physics professor and author, will discuss his latest book Einstein’s Dice and Schrodinger’s Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics.
Norman Doige is a psychiatrist and researcher. His latest book, The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity, reflects his work and interest in the brain.
Terrence Holt is a doctor and professor who came to medicine from teaching English and creative writing. His latest book Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories covers life as a surgical intern.
Rachel Swaby is a freelance journalist, and her first book is Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World.
David Quammen is an author and journalist whose work has included tracing the path of viruses and viral outbreaks. He’ll be talking about The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged From an African Forest, which expands on his work on AIDS in his book Spillover, focusing on the history of the virus over the last three decades.