Features editor, Nature
M. Mitchell Waldrop was the editorial page editor at Nature magazine from 2008 to 2010, and is currently a features editor at Nature. He earned a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1975, and a master’s in journalism at Wisconsin in 1977. From 1977 to 1980 he was a writer and West Coast bureau chief for Chemical and Engineering News. From 1980 to 1991 he was a senior writer at Science magazine, where he covered physics, space, astronomy, computer science, artificial intelligence, molecular biology, psychology, and neuroscience. He was a freelance writer from 1991 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2008; in between he worked in media affairs for the National Science Foundation from 2003 to 2006. He is the author of Man-Made Minds (Walker, 1987), a book about artificial intelligence; Complexity (Simon and Schuster, 1992), a book about the Santa Fe Institute and the new sciences of complexity; and The Dream Machine (Viking, 2001), a book about the history of computing. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Amy E. Friedlander.
Sections: News of the Week, and News Features
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