I’m a science journalist and author. I’m a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where I’ve had several cover stories, and semi-regular cover-story contributor to Newsweek. I’ve contributed off and on to a number of publications, including Scientific American, Politico, Quanta, Men’s Journal, and others. I’m the author of five books. I co-founded and for a while ran an online magazine about global healthcare.
I’ve long been primarily a science, technology and business writer, with a special focus on health-related issues. Here’s a sampling of some of the other publications I’ve written for: The New York Times, Discover, Science, The Columbia Journalism Review, Forbes, MIT Technology Review, Self, The Boston Globe, Wired, The Harvard Business Review, The Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, The Boston Globe Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and many more.
I live in the Boston area. My byline usually reads “David H. Freedman.” The “H.” is there to distinguish me from various well-known David Freedmans who are not me, including the animator/producer, the late Bible scholar, the North Carolina defense lawyer, the law/boxmaking writer, the neuroscientist, the Trump administration’s ambassador to Israel, the psychiatric epidemiologist, the Australian racehorse owner, the blacksmith, the cricketer, the late gag-writer, the accountant, and the radio-station manager (whom I met when he was mistakenly installed in my hotel room). There are even several people of note who go by “David H. Freedman,” including an international labor researcher who wrote a book on employment, a Michigan lawyer, and a U.S. Army officer. I am not any of them, either. And no matter what Google tells you, I am most definitely not David A. Freedman, the late great Berkeley statistician, whom I interviewed at his home shortly before he passed away, and whose photo, book credits, and level of deceasedness Google routinely interchanges with mine.
My last book was called WRONG: Why experts keep failing us–and how to know when not to trust them. It’s about all the forces that push experts, be they top scientists, high-powered consultants, pop gurus, financial whizzes or journalistic pundits (like me), into misleading us with flawed advice, and discusses ways to tell good expert advice from the dubious stuff. I wrote about the subject for The Atlantic for the lead feature of the magazine’s annual “Brave Thinkers” issue in November, 2010, and substantial articles about the book ran in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and many other publications internationally. I’ve spoken about the book on numerous radio and television programs in the U.S. and elsewhere. It’s published by Little, Brown, and you can learn more about it here, and find it on Amazon here.
My previous book was A Perfect Mess, published in January, 2007, and co-authored with Eric Abrahamson; the paperback came out in January, 2008. It’s about how disorganization and messiness can be good things. The New York Times wrote a feature article about me and the book, and CBS Sunday morning did a segment on me. You can learn more about the book here, and find it on Amazon here.
I’m the author of three other books–on the U.S. Marines, computer crime, and artificial intelligence–and you can learn more about my books, and browse some of my articles, elsewhere on the site. My work has also appeared in various collections of science writing, and in the Norton Reader.