David L. Hu is a professor mechanical engineering and biology at Georgia Tech. He is the author of How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls (Princeton University Press, 2018), which was a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Best Science Book for Young Adults and winner of the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award. His next book, The P Word, is for children and will be published by Science Naturally in 2023. He won two Ig Nobel Prizes for his research on the urination time of mammals and for why wombats make cube-shaped poo.
Interviews with David Hu
Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey
by Florence Williams
Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage
by Rachel E. Gross
Sounds Wild and Broken
by David George Haskell
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
by Ed Yong
The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math
by Manil Suri
Every year, the judges of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award highlight the best new literary science writing. The 2023 shortlist consists of five fascinating books on subjects including the science of heartbreak, the sensory worlds of animals, and the development of mathematics. David Hu, a professor of mechanical engineering and a member of this year’s judging panel, talks us through their choices.