Scientific American: New Book By Jared Diamond Is A "Blockbuster" Success
In a two-part review, Horgan explains that the triumph in Diamond's writing stems from his ability to explore a wildly broad and ambitious topic and spark a discussion about it. "Diamond is a treasure," he writes, "one of those rare scientists who knows how to write about big, topical issues for a popular audience while maintaining rigorous scholarly standards." He also says that he is urging all of his students at the Stevens Institute of Technology to read Diamond's newest "blockbuster." "His goal," Horgan says of Diamond, "is not to solve all of our enormous social problems but to draw our attention to them and challenge us to find better solutions. He succeeds."
The World Until Yesterday debuted in the top three of the New York Times bestseller list. It teaches us that despite living in such a technologically advanced, modern society—there are still things we can learn from our more traditional counterparts. In his keynotes, Diamond discusses these lessons using case studies from his field work on the tribes in New Guinea. He is also well-versed in issues surrounding globalization, human rights, and the future of human society.