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John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire is a contributing writer for He was previously a columnist for Taki’s Magazine, and before that a writer for National Review. Since 2004, he has produced a weekly podcast called Radio Derb. A list of his recent publications can be found at

In The New Atlantis

In Search of Chinese Science

Number 24 ~ Spring 2009

The Brat Pack of Quantum Mechanics

Number 21 ~ Summer 2008

The Half-Bound World

Number 16 ~ Spring 2007

Jules Verne: Father of Science Fiction?

Number 12 ~ Spring 2006


  • From the Dissident Right ( Books, 2013) (Collected essays)
  • Fire From The Sun (Chu Hartley Publishers, 2012)
  • We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism (Three Rivers Press, 2010)
  • Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra (Plume, 2007)
  • Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics (Plume, 2004)
  • Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream: A Novel (St. Martinís Press, 1996)