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Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes (born April 30, 1956) is an American science writer. He is the author of Nobel Dreams (1987), Bad Science: the Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion (1993), and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). He has won the Science In Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times and was awarded a MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 1996-97. [1]

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Born in Rochester, New York, Taubes studied applied physics at Harvard and aerospace engineering at Stanford (MS, 1978). After receiving a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1981, Taubes joined Discover magazine as a staff reporter in 1982.[2] Since then he has written numerous articles for Discover, Science and other magazines. Originally focusing on physics issues, his interests have more recently turned to medicine and nutrition.

Taubes' books have all dealt with scientific controversies. Nobel Dreams takes a critical look at the politics and experimental techniques behind the Nobel Prize-winning work of physicist Carlo Rubbia. Bad Science is a chronicle of the short-lived media frenzy surrounding the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion experiments of 1989.

Dietary science

Taubes gained prominence in the low-carb diet debate following the publication of his 2002 New York Times Magazine piece, What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?. The article questioned the efficacy and health benefits of low-fat diets and was seen as defending the Atkins diet against the medical establishment.[1]

In 2007, he published his book Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease, ISBN 978-1400040780, which aims at examining how a hypothesis got to become dogma and claims to show how the scientific method was circumvented so one man’s hypothesis could be claimed as correct. The book uses data and studies compiled from dietary research from as early as the 1800's. Taubes includes information and studies which indicate that physical exercise increases appetite to a degree that makes it an inefficient tool in weight loss. He tracks the origins of commonly accepted dietary advice and aims to show that information that is filtered to the public often contradicts scientific evidence. On October 19, 2007, Taubes appeared on Larry King Live to discuss his book. Although Taubes has no formal training in nutrition or medicine, his book was praised as "raising interesting and valuable points" by Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mehmet Oz who both appeared on the same program.


  1. ^ a b Inside the Story - Gary Taubes: What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie? (Interview with Martha Henry from the MIT Knight Fellowships program, July 2003)
  2. ^ Sally Squires (8/27/2002). "The Skinny on Author Gary Taubes", Washington Post


  • Nobel Dreams: Power, Deceit and the Ultimate Experiment. Random House 1987
  • Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion. Random House 1993
  • What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie? New York Times Magazine, July 7, 2002
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease. 2007, ISBN 978-1400040780
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