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2011 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Panel: "Inconvenient Truths"

Erik Conway; Timothy Ferris; Seth Mnookin; Naomi Oreskes

About the Program

From the 2011 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, a panel entitled "Inconvenient Truths," featuring Erik Conway and Naomi Oreskes, co-authors of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, Seth Mnookin, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear, and Timothy Ferris, The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature.  The panel is moderated by James Rainey, media columnist for the Los Angeles Times and takes place at Mark Taper Hall on the campus of the University of Southern California.

About the Authors

Erik Conway

Erik Conway is the author of several books, including Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History.  He is an historian at NASA's California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  For more information, visit merchantsofdoubt.org.


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Seth Mnookin

Seht Mnookin, a former senior writer at Newsweek, is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  He is the author of Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media.  For more information visit sethmnookin.com.


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Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes is the author or editor of several books and the essay Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change that was published by the journal Science in 2004.  She is a history and science studies professor at the University of California, San Diego. For more information, visit merchantsofdoubt.org.


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Timothy Ferris

Timothy Ferris is the author of a number of books on science, including The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report and The Mind's Sky: Human Intelligence in a Cosmic Context. He is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  For more information, visit timothyferris.com.


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2011 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Panel: "Inconvenient Truths"

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  • Sunday, June 12th at 7am (ET)
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