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      Author, lecturer, UCLA professor of geography
      Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, is the epitome of the celebrity scientist. His lectures routinely draw thousands of rapt listeners, who walk away with a deeper and more nuanced view of the development of human civilization and the continued gulf between ... read more
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      Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, is the epitome of the celebrity scientist. His lectures routinely draw thousands of rapt listeners, who walk away with a deeper and more nuanced view of the development of human civilization and the continued gulf between rich and poor in the global community.
      With the recent publication of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, a major international bestseller, Diamond's ideas are reaching an even widener audience than the million-plus readers of Guns, Germs, and Steel. Collapse inspired an international museum exhibit that recently toured North America, meanwhile a 3-part national television special on Guns, Germs, and Steel aired on PBS. Diamond's lectures tackle the giant questions: why do some societies thrive and prosper while others shrivel and die? How can humanity maximize the opportunity for human happiness while saving the planet from ecological ruin and collapse? Are there lessons we can learn from other great civilizations that have grown to world dominance?


      Huge crowds attend his talks and are testament both to his reputation as a great speaker and his ability to spellbind an audience. Currently a professor of Geography at UCLA, he is the author of two other best-selling books, The Third Chimpanzee and Why Is Sex Fun? He has received some of the most prestigious awards the world has to offer, including a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, The Conservation Medals of the Zoological Society of San Diego, The Carr Medal, the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and Japan's International Cosmos Prize. In 2000 he was awarded the USA's highest civilian scientific award, The National Medal of Science, for his landmark research and breakthrough discoveries in evolutionary biology.

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