Alex Wright

Science Friday

January 9, 2011

As a longtime fan of NPR's Science Friday (dating back to my days stuck in Bay Area traffic listening to KQED). I was pleased to join this week's show to talk about my article on citizen science in last week's New York Times.

Along with host Ira Flatow and fellow guest Dr. Arfon Smith of Galaxyzoo, we talked about grid computing, protein-folding games, and the question of who is or isn't a scientist.  Several listeners called in to share their own experiences with citizen science projects ranging from water monitoring in Tucson to roadkill-watching in Massachusetts.  All in all, it made for an interesting and free-ranging discussion.

So, if you're interested in hearing me mouth off about a topic that I admittedly knew very little about until a few months ago, the transcript and podcast are now up and running on the NPR site.


Previously: Citizen Science

Now available for pre-order:

Cataloging the World:
Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age

by Alex Wright

A “shrewd, brisk biography.”
—Kirkus Reviews     

Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages

Mastering Information Through the Ages

by Alex Wright

“A penetrating and highly entertaining meditation on the information age and its historical roots.”
—Los Angeles Times