The scientific method is designed to be objective. So what happens when you take science personally? Ashley Hay talks to author James Bradley (The Silent Invasion), neurosurgeon Henry Marsh (Do No Harm), author Bianca Nogrady (The End: The Human Experience of Death) and The Guardian Australia environment reporter Michael Slezak. They discuss how journalists can report dispassionately on the disturbing effects of climate change, how surgeons bear the burden of human error and how novelists can translate science for wider audiences. 

James Bradley (Australian)

James Bradley

James Bradley is an author and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Resurrectionist and Clade, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. His new novel is Ghost Species.

Bianca Nogrady (Australian)

Bianca Nogrady

Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science journalist, author, and broadcaster. In more than a decade of freelance reporting, her work has appeared in outlets including Nature, The Atlantic, Guardian Australia, Undark, MIT Technology Review, The BMJ, Australian Geographic, Scientific American, the ABC and BBC. She is the author of The End: The Human Experience Of Death.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the Peoples’ Choice from the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for The Railwayman’s Wife, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.