A TED Book Club Selection

The Philosophical Breakfast Club is one of four books just sent by TED to its Book Club members. TED is the nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and its annual conference in Long Beach, CA is famous for bringing together explorers, scientific pioneers, visionaries and provocateurs from all over the world.

Five times a year, TED mails out a package of “inspired books, CDs, and DVDs” to associate members who choose that option. Past books have included An Inconvenient Truth, Predictibly Irrational, The Black Swan, and The Bottom Billion. I’m honored to have my book included in that fine company!

This is what the letter sent by TED says about The Philosophical Breakfast Club:

“Laura Snyder transports the reader to the 1800s, into the lives of William Whewell, Charles Babbage, John Herschel and Richard Jones – four friends who left their mark on the way science is conducted and whose legacy persists to this day. This fascinating period gave birth to scientific method, among other things. Outside of this past half century, no other period in history witnessed such great scientific breakthroughs.”

To see the other books included in the mailing, see here

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2 Responses to “A TED Book Club Selection”


  1. 1 John P. McCaskey June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Very fitting. Congratulations.


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About the Author











Laura J. Snyder, Ph.D., is a science historian, philosopher and writer whose most recent book, The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Transformed Science and Changed the World, was an Official Selection of the TED Book Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, and winner of the 2011 Royal Institution of Australia Poll for Favorite Science Book. It was also named an "Outstanding Academic Title" in history of science and technology by the American Library Association. Snyder is Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in New York City and writes frequently about science and ideas for The Wall Street Journal. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, and Past President of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.

 She is currently working on a book about how new optical technologies in the 17th century revolutionized not only science, but also art and the rest of culture. Follow Laura Snyder on Twitter and Facebook.

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