Communicating Science to the General Public
Christof Koch, is the Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology and executive officer for computation and neural systems. He is the author of more than three hundred scientific papers and journal articles and of several books, including Biophysics of Computation: Information Processing in Single Neurons and The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach. Koch studies the biophysics of computation and the neuronal basis of visual perception, attention, and consciousness. Together with his longtime collaborator, the late Francis Crick, he has pioneered the scientific study of consciousness.
Wertheim is an internationally noted science writer and commentator whose work has appeared in prominent publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, Vogue, and others. She has written many television documentaries and three books including: Pythagoras' Trousers (about physics, religion, and women) and The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace (a cultural history of space, from Dante to the Internet). Her "Quark Soup" column appears in the LA Weekly. Leonard Mlodinow is coauthor, with Stephen Hawking, of the forthcoming A Briefer History of Time. Mlodinow has also written Euclid's Window (a humorous, accessible history of geometry) and Feynman's Rainbow (a physics memoir). In the 1990s, he developed award-winning computer games and wrote for television, including scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Before becoming a fulltime writer, he was on the Caltech physics faculty. The annual Words Matter Science Writing Symposium is part of the Institute's Words Matter project, which is intended to foster a culture of literacy at Caltech, cultivate students' interest in writing in its varied forms, and help students appreciate the many ways in which words, indeed, matter. Words Matter brings visiting writers to campus for interaction with the Caltech community. The Science Writing Symposium is especially relevant to Caltech undergraduates engaged in the Institute's science writing requirement.
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