A materials scientist who has also become an acclaimed science writer, Ainissa Ramirez makes this virtual appearance after an earlier scheduled ‘real’ appearance had to be cancelled because of what is all upon us. She is ‘here’ with her terrific new book, The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another (MIT Press).
“It's easy to find a book that recounts the society-shaping powers of important inventions, but much harder to find one that peels back the unintended consequences of those creations, and reveals the forgotten innovators who were part of their stories. It's fortunate, then, that Ainissa Ramirez has written exactly that book, and done so with such rich and compelling prose. The Alchemy of Us carries important lessons about the cost of progress, the nature of invention, and importance of diversity. It's an important read in a time of upheaval.” - Ed Yong.
“We live in a world so dominated by our own inventions that, as Ainissa Ramirez observes, we've reinvented ourselves to accommodate them. The Alchemy of Us is at once timely, informative, and fascinating—a totally compelling work.” - Elizabeth Kolbert.
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