James Gleick's Scientific Method
This week on Masters in Business, we speak with science writer James Gleick, author of numerous award-winning books, including the recently published “Time Travel: A History.”
I came across Gleick’s work in his first book, “Chaos: Making a New Science” (1987), a brilliant exploration of a complex and little-known branch of physics. That structure became the framework for subsequent work from Gleick. His magnum opus was “The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood,” which won a number of awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
A biographer of ideas, Gleick discussed how he approaches a new subject: He says he starts out knowing little or nothing and keeps researching until he feels he has learned enough to convey the essential ideas. “Each book, each time I feel like I am figuring it out, starting from scratch . . . I don’t need to dumb anything down, I need to raise my own understanding to the level of grasping the stuff I am writing about.”
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