Peter Dizikes: Writings on Science and Society

What I Do

I am a staff writer for the Webby Award-winning publication MIT News, covering research across several disciplines. I also contribute to our related publication, Technology Review. My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and many other publications

At MIT, my work continues to explore links between science, technology, and culture. My pieces often draw upon my training in the history of science. A brief selection of my MIT articles is here. Contact me here. You can learn more about me here.

features and profiles by Peter Dizikes

The Natural Experimenter
How economist Josh Angrist brings lab-grade research to the social world
Technology Review, Jan/Feb 2013

Standing Up for Manufacturing
Suzanne Berger has shifted from studying French peasants to reviving U.S. industry.
Technology Review, Jan/Feb 2012

The Office Next Door
Casual conversations among colleagues can prove surprisingly fruitful.
Technology Review, Nov/Dec, 2011

Measure for Measure
How economists study scientists
Technology Review, July/August 2010

Poverty's Researcher
Profile: Esther Duflo
Technology Review, Jan/Feb 2010

Digging for Darwin
Do you own a first edition of the Origin?
The New York Times, May 17, 2009

Cell Division
America’s regional politics of science.
Salon, May 11, 2009

Your DNA is a snitch
Can you keep your genes private?
Salon, February 17, 2009


essays and reviews by Peter Dizikes

Don't Forget About the Outer Courts
Room for Debate: Arthur Ashe Stadium
The New York Times, August 25, 2013

Taking the High Road
Review: ‘Cities Are Good for You’
The Boston Globe, August 3, 2013

Science Chronicle
Four Books on Evolutionary Science
The New York Times, August 30, 2009

Visualizing Climate Change
Interview: NASA’s Gavin Schmidt
Salon, June 1, 2009

Our Two Cultures
Reconsidering C.P. Snow, 50 years later
The New York Times, March 22, 2009
Talk at Harvard's Snow Conference

Political Science
Review: The Art and Politics of Science
The New York Times, February 15, 2009

The Meaning of the Butterfly
Why we get “The Butterfly Effect” wrong
The Boston Globe, June 8, 2008

Joseph Needham's Grand Question
Review: The Man Who Loved China
Seed, May/June 2008



Don't Forget About the Outer Courts
The New York Times, August 25, 2013


Andrew Hearst


Photo credit: Flickr user alb Marcos, via a Creative Commons license