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Storygram: Amanda Gefter’s “The man who tried to redeem the world with logic”


Amanda Gefter is a physics writer and won a AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2015 for this story, which profiles Walter Pitts, a central figure of early cybernetics research. This annotation was done by Brendan Maher. The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, was a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It was supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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Amanda Gefter

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February 5, 2015

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Brendan Maher