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Stephen Ornes writes about math, physics, space, and cancer research from an office shed in his backyard in Nashville, Tennessee. He's written about tilting exoplanets for Discover, the mathematics of pizza slicing for New Scientist, and tumor banking for CR (in work recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists). "Interrupting Cancer's Travel Plans," an article published in Cancer Today in the Spring 2012 issue, won an ASJA award in the Trade category. His first book was a young adult biography of mathematician Sophie Germain, and he teaches a science communication class at Vanderbilt University.

2 responses to “Begin the Begin: A celebration of first words”

  1. John McPhee Shines His Flashlight | Princeton Comment

    […] Shines His Flashligiht: Stephen Ornes quotes the redoubtable John Mcphee in a December 6 blog post about how science writers can fashion their opening sentence. About how in a 2010 interview in the […]

  2. Anne Sasso

    Not necessarily from a science writer but Josh Dean’s opener in the February issue of Outside just grabbed me: “It takes a sharp blade to cut a frozen beaver into easily digestible strips.”

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