Jennifer Ackerman

Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for three decades. Her recent book The Genius of Birds is a US bestseller and has been called ‘a lyrical testimony to the wonders of avian intelligence’ and a ‘gloriously provocative and highly entertaining book’. Ackerman’s work explains and interprets science for a general audience and explores the riddles of the natural world and humanity’s place in it, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision. Her books include Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity, and Notes from the Shore. Ackerman’s articles and essays have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, Scientific American and other publications. They have also been included in numerous anthologies – among them, Best American Science Writing and The Penguin Book of the Ocean.

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The Genius of Birds

For decades, people have written off birds as largely witless, driven by instinct and capable of only the simplest mental processes....

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25 August – 3 September