Twenty-First Century Science Writers

I was very flattered to find myself on someone’s list of Top Ten 21st Century Science Non-Fiction Writers. (Unless they meant my evil twin. Grrr.)

However, as flattered as I am — and as much as I want to celebrate rather than stomp on someone’s enthusiasm for reading about science — the list is on the wrong track. One way of seeing this is that there are no women on the list at all. That would be one thing if it were a list of Top Ten 19th Century Physicists or something — back in the day, the barriers of sexism were (even) higher than they are now, and women were systematically excluded from endeavors such as science with a ruthless efficiency. And such barriers are still around. But in science writing, here in the 21st century, the ladies are totally taking over, and creating an all-dudes list of this form is pretty blatantly wrong.

I would love to propose a counter-list, but there’s something inherently subjective and unsatisfying about ranking people. So instead, I hereby offer this:

List of Ten or More Twenty-First Century Science Communicators of Various Forms Who Are Really Good, All of Whom Happen to be Women, Pulled Randomly From My Twitter Feed and Presented in No Particular Order.

I’m sure it wouldn’t take someone else very long to come up with a list of female science communicators that was equally long and equally distinguished. Heck, I’m sure I could if I put a bit of thought into it. Heartfelt apologies for the many great people I left out.

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42 Responses to Twenty-First Century Science Writers

  1. Rob says:

    This is wonderful!

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  3. Bob Ladendorf says:

    The list of science writers who are women is impressive. I would like to add M.G. Lord to the mix for her book on JPL – “Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science” – and many articles on science, including a cover story in “Discover” magazine on the dangers of radiation for space travelers.

  4. James Gallagher says:

    Louisa Gilder deserves a mention , author of The Age of Entanglement and other great reads

  5. Michael says:

    How about Andrea Kuszewski @andreakuszewski ? She’s an awesome neuroscientist.
    Also Jordan Gaines @GainesOnBrains

    Also seconding Amy Shira Teitel @astVintageSpace

  6. Asnant says:

    Dear Professor,

    This is off topic but can you tell me if this person has really solved the information paradox?

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  8. Ray Gedaly says:

    I still remember Emily Lakdawalla’s great commentaries on SNL in the late-1970s. Oh wait, not the same person … “Nevermind!”.

  9. David Stewart says:

    Found among my shelves, Lisa Randall’s “Warped Passages” I’d been reading 7 years ago. (Date all my books). Good time to re-read/finish. I’ll parallel that with Veltman’s “Facts & Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics,” another I had not finished–same year, 2007. If I can just figure out why 2007–and now 2014 for the dots connecting. Good list. I’ll look into more of them.

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  11. rocken1844 says:

    speaking of 19th century – some women would not accept being shut out of professional science – Lydia Ernestine Becker founded and edited the “Women’s Suffrage Journal” also corresponded with Charles Darwin and sent him plant samples and she published a book “Botany for Novices”

  12. Great work!

    It can obviously depend on one’s definition of science so, out of personal interest, I’ll add a couple of bioanth (lato sensu) bloggers (some haven’t posted for some time but I live in hope). My apologies to those I forgot.

    Holly Dunsworth
    Anne Buchanan
    Katie Hinde
    Caitlin S.
    Hayley Forsyth
    Katy Meyers
    Kate Clancy
    Rosemary Joyce
    Danielle N. Lee
    Julienne Rutherford
    Fiona Jordan
    Alondra Nelson
    Elizabeth Quinn
    Michelle A. Rodrigues
    Dienekes Pontikos

    And of course all the members of the great TrowelBlazers: Victoria Herridge, Suzanne Pilaar-Birch, Rebecca Wragg-Sykes, Brenna Hassett

    Many women anthros are on Twitter as well, here mixed with other colleagues:

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  15. Ahhhhh. says:

    Go Jennifer!

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