John Horgan

School: College of Arts & Letters
Building: Peirce
Room: 307
Phone: 201.216.5057
Fax: 201.216.8245

1983. M.S., School of Journalism, Columbia University.

1982. B.A., School of General Studies, Columbia University. Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in English.


I have always been interested in the limits of science and other modes of knowledge. This is the major theme of my first three books: The End of Science, The Undiscovered Mind and Rational Mysticism. My interest in the causes of war and peace culminated in my 2012 book "The End of War", published by McSweeney's. I research and write about a wide variety of other science-related topics on my Scientific American blog, "Cross-check," and elsewhere.


1997-Present. Freelance science writer. Articles published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek, London Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, New Republic, Discover, Science, New Scientist, Technology Review, Slate, and elsewhere. Weekly columnist for since 2010.

1986-1997. Senior Writer, Scientific American Magazine. Wrote over 400 articles on science, technology, medicine, mathematics, philosophy, and national security. Also edited articles and managed news section.

1983-1986. Associate Editor, IEEE Spectrum Magazine. Wrote and edited articles on technology and its social implications.

Institutional Service

2005-Present. Director of the Center for Sciences Writings, which brings prominent science communicators to Stevens for public lectures.
2008-Present. Author of weekly column, "The Scientific Curmudgeon," for The Stute, the Stevens student newspaper.

Honors & Awards

2009. Included in Best American Science Writing, edited by Natalie Angier.

2007. Included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, published by Houghton Mifflin (also in 2005 and 2006 editions).

2005. Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion.

1997. American Psychiatric Association Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Reporting on Psychiatric Issues.

1994. American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award.

1994. "Excellent" rating from Forbes Media Guide: A Review of the Nation’s Most Influential Journalists.

1993. National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award.

1993. New York Business Press Editors Award.

1992. American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award.

1986. Co-winner with other editors of IEEE Spectrum of National Magazine Award for Best Single-Topic Issue.

1985. Society of National Association Publications Award for Investigative Reporting.

Selected Publications
  1. John Horgan. (2012). The End of War, McSweeney's.
  2. John Horgan, Frank Geer. (2002). Where Was God on September 11?, Brown Trout.
  3. John Horgan. (2003). Rational Mysticism, Houghton Mifflin.
  4. John Horgan. (1999). "The Undiscovered Mind", Free Press.
  5. John Horgan. (1996). The End of Science, Addison Wesley.
  • HST 401 Seminar in Science Writing
  • HST 160 Introduction to Science Communication
  • HST 470 War and Science