Tom Siegfried

Tom Siegfried

Contributing Correspondent

Tom Siegfried is a contributing correspondent. He was editor in chief of Science News from 2007 to 2012, and he was the managing editor from 2014 to 2017. He is the author of the blog Context. In addition to Science News, his work has appeared in Science, Nature, Astronomy, New Scientist and Smithsonian. Previously he was the science editor of The Dallas Morning News. He is the author of four books: The Bit and the Pendulum (Wiley, 2000); Strange Matters (National Academy of Sciences’ Joseph Henry Press, 2002);  A Beautiful Math (2006, Joseph Henry Press); and The Number of the Heavens (Harvard University Press, 2019). Tom was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Avon. He earned an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University with majors in journalism, chemistry and history, and has a master of arts with a major in journalism and a minor in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. His awards include the American Geophysical Union's Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism, the Science-in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science-Westinghouse Award, the American Chemical Society’s James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, and the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award.

All Stories by Tom Siegfried

  1. Saturn
    Science & Society

    The first Cassini to explore Saturn was a person

    Cassini, the spacecraft about to dive into Saturn, was named for the astronomical pioneer who first perceived the gap between the planet’s famous rings.

  2. Jocelyn Bell Burnell
    Science & Society

    Top 10 science anniversaries of 2017

    2017 offers an abundance of scientific anniversaries to celebrate, from pulsars and pulsar planets to Einstein’s laser, Einstein’s cosmos and the laws of robotics.

  3. Andromeda galaxy
    Science & Society

    Einstein’s latest anniversary marks the birth of modern cosmology

    A century ago, Einstein gave birth to modern cosmology by using his general theory of relativity to describe the universe.

  4. Enrico Fermi and Richard Garwin
    Science & Society

    Physics greats of the 20th century mixed science and public service

    New biographies highlight Enrico Fermi’s and Richard Garwin’s contributions to science and society.

  5. Andromeda galaxy

    In 20th century, astronomers opened their minds to gazillions of galaxies

    Telescopes in the U.S. West opened astronomers’ eyes to a vast, expanding universe containing countless galaxies.

  6. Timey wimey

    ‘Time Travel’ tours a fascinating fiction

    James Gleick’s entertaining book Time Travel focuses more on fantasy than real science.

  7. searching for dark matter

    Shadows of two failed searches loom over physics

    Physicists are facing two failures this year with no detections of dark matter particles and no signs of supersymmetry from the Large Hadron Collider.

  8. dendritic spines

    Health official calls on neuroscience to fight mental illness

    When it comes to mental health, all countries are developing countries, WHO official says, appealing to neuroscience for help.

  9. scared baby

    Infant brains have powerful reactions to fear

    Babies can recognize facial emotions, especially fear, as early as 5 months old.

  10. Steven Weinberg
    Quantum Physics

    Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul

    Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg says current debates in quantum mechanics need a new approach to comprehend reality.

  11. two babies chatting

    Tom Wolfe’s denial of language evolution stumbles over his own words

    Tom Wolfe’s book denies that language evolved and attacks Darwin and Chomsky with smugness lacking substance.

  12. illustration of the distance to Proxima Centauri
    Planetary Science

    Visits to Proxima Centauri’s planet are probably millennia away

    A trip to Proxima Centauri’s planet would take millennia, even with alpha particle propulsion.