AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF A HOT CATEGORY: Nick’s research has been recently featured in the New York Times, on NPR’s Morning Edition, The Atlantic, WIRED, BBC, Washington Post, and many other places—there’s a huge and timely fascination with the animals that have a lot to teach us about our changing earth. What Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus did for octopi, and what The Genius of Birds did for birds, Spying on Whales will do for whales.
UP AND COMING YOUNG SCIENTIST: Nick is an ambitious rising star at the Smithsonian: the only scientist to tag, hunt, and dig whales, he discovered a new sensory organ in whales, received a Presidential Early Career Award from the Obama White House, and is highly personable and great with an audience (he’s the face of much of the Smithsonian’s donor outreach and relationship-building).
FULL SUPPORT FROM THE SMITHSONIAN: The Smithsonian is fully behind Nick, his research, and his writing of this book. In addition to their own magazine and stores (where they’ll promote and sell the book), they have their own PR machine that Nick is keyed into and is excited to collaborate with us to get Nick’s name and research out into the world.
Praise for Spying on Whales:
“Spying on Whales represents the best of science writing. The subject is inherently fascinating, the author is an authentic scientist by virtue of his personal research on the subject, and the text reads like the epic it truly is.”—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestselling author of The Origin of Creativity and The Meaning of Human Existence
“Reading Spying on Whales leaves a strong impression, based on the principles of ecology, evolution, and physiology, that a world including whales seems awesomely improbable. And, of course, wonderful. Nick Pyenson guides us through this world, and in the process achieves that rare state of grace for a writer of science—producing prose that is both scientific and beautiful. This is a moving, informative, evocative book.”—Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave
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