Center for Science Writings

Stevens Institute of Technology created the Center for Science Writings in 2005 to draw attention to writings, from books to blogs, that shape public perceptions of science. Stevens hired the science journalist John Horgan to serve as Director of the Center. The Center, which is part of the College of Arts & Letters, sponsors free, public events at which prominent writers--including journalists, scientists, engineers, philosophers and other scholars--visit Stevens to discuss science-related issues. Stevens freshmen taking introductory engineering courses receive credit for attending selected CSW events. CSW Director Horgan writes "The Scientific Curmudgeon," a weekly column published by the Stevens newspaper, The Stute. The column comments on scientific topics as well as promoting CSW and CAL activities.


Wednesday February 17, 4-5:30
“The Downside of Death.” Psychologist Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College will talk about his new (co-authored) book The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life, which shows that our often-unconscious fear of mortality has profound psychological, social and even international consequences. Babbio Auditorium.

Wednesday March 9. 4-5:30
“Einstein Was an Engineer!” Historian of science Steven Gimbel of Gettysburg College, author of the acclaimed book Einstein’s Jewish Science, will give a talk on Einstein’s little-known work as an engineer and inventor. Edwin A. Stevens Hall, Room 222.

Wednesday March 30. 4-5:30
“The War on Terror Reconsidered.” John Mueller, a political scientist at Ohio State and the Cato Institute, and Mark Stewart, a risk-assessment engineer, will talk about their controversial new book Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism. Babbio Auditorium.

For a list of past CSW events, click here.

All CSW events are free and open to the public. For more information contact CSW Director John Horgan ([email protected]). The CSW is part of the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The CSW Staff

John Horgan, Director

John Horgan, who came to Stevens in 2005, is a science journalist and author of four books: The End of Science (1996), The Undiscovered Mind (1999), Rational Mysticism (2003) and The End of War (2012). He writes a column for Scientific American online. His honors and awards include the 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion; the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992 and 1994); and the National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award (1993). His work has received international coverage, including front-page reviews and news articles in The New York Times, London Times and Washington Post. He has been interviewed hundreds of times for print, radio and television, including The Lehrer News Hour, Charlie Rose and National Public Radio's Science Friday. Horgan holds a BA in English from Columbia University's School of General Studies and an MS from Columbia's School of Journalism.

For more information, please visit John's personal website.