Category Archives: Population

Novels that Mess with our DNA

Reader requested: spoiler alert for the post below. As novelists, Dan Brown and Richard Powers inhabit opposite ends of the literary continuum. Where Powers is regarded as among the most literary and deeply cerebral of contemporary novelists—someone who is hard … Continue reading

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What would Zobrist think about Japan’s shrinking population?

Readers of Dan Brown’s Inferno know that one of the novel’s main characters, the mad scientist Zobrist, is obsessed with global population growth as the main problem in the planet’s future. He favors drastic steps to try to alter the … Continue reading

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How to Create a Viral Vector and Why You Would Want To – by guest blogger, Kristen Elise, Ph.D.

Spoiler alert: This blog post makes reference to the plot and characters in Dan Brown’s Inferno. In Dan Brown’s Inferno, a water-soluble, airborne viral vector carrying Zobrist’s infertility plague has already gone global even before the novel begins. The consequence … Continue reading

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Here’s a new book that Zobrist—Dan Brown’s villain/hero—should read:

The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future The Bet, a new book by Yale history professor Paul Sabin, published last month by Yale University Press, is a compelling read and an important contribution to a … Continue reading

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Dan Brown’s Dubious Math on Population Control

Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Populations at The Rockefeller University and Professor of Populations at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, is an eminent mathematical biologist who, as his titles suggest, is a leading expert in demographics. … Continue reading

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