David Robson is a science journalist specialising in the extremes of the human brain, body and behaviour. Writing for the BBC, the Atlantic, and New Scientist, he has interviewed everyone from real-life vampires to the hyper-polyglots who have mastered more than 30 languages, and the scientists hunting for the elixir of life – in whale blubber.
His first book, The Intelligence Trap – Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes and How to Make Wiser Decisions, was released in the UK and commonwealth on 7 March 2019. The Sunday Times described it as “startling, provocative, and potently useful” and in May it was included in their Best Books of 2019 (so far). You can buy it at Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, and many good independent bookshops. You can see the nice things that people are saying about The Intelligence Trap here, read an extract in Popular Science here and listen to an in-depth radio broadcast about it here.
If you are in the US and Canada, The Intelligence Trap was published by WW Norton on 6 August. You can buy it at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Books-A-Million | Google Play | Indiebound. It has also been published in Spanish – the first of 12 translations – as La Trampa de la Inteligencia.