David Robson is a science writer specialising in the extremes of the human brain, body and behaviour. After graduating with a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, he worked as a features editor at New Scientist for five years, before moving to BBC Future as a senior journalist. He is now a full-time freelance writer, with by-lines in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Aeon, the Independent and many more outlets. Along the way, 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 included it in their list of Best Summer Reads of 2019. You can buy it at Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles, and many good independent bookshops. You can read more reviews of 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 2019. You can buy it at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Books-A-Million | Google Play | Indiebound. It has also been published in Spanish as La Trampa de la Inteligencia and French as Pourquoi L’intelligence Rend Idiot. A further 12 translations are in the pipeline.