Authors Series: Paul Offit, M.D., "Pandora's Lab"

  Authors Series: Paul Offit, M.D.,

Authors Series: Paul Offit, M.D., "Pandora's Lab"

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Wistar Institute’s Authors Series

Paul Offit, M.D., discusses his book Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong.

What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating—and significant—missteps: from opium’s heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the U.S.; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria. These are today’s sins of science.

Renowned author and speaker Dr. Paul A. Offit uses these lessons to investigate how we can separate good science from bad, using some of today’s most controversial creations. For every “Aha!” moment that should have been an “Oh no,” this book is an engrossing account of how science has been misused disastrously—and how we can learn to use its power for good.

All Authors Series events are free; however, registration is required to attend. Doors open 30 minutes prior to event start time. Seating is general admission.



Past Authors Series Events

George Johnson

The Cancer Chronicles, October 9, 2013

Paul Offit, M.D.

Do you believe in magic?, July 17, 2013

Sam Kean

The Violinist's Thumb, September 11, 2012

Rob Dunn, Ph.D.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies, November 8, 2011

Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, April 20, 2011

Arthur Ainsberg and Thea Cooper

BREAKTHROUGH: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle, November 9, 2010

Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, February 16, 2010

Jon Franklin

The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs, October 20, 2009

Faye Flam

The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man, September 16, 2008

Gary Taubes

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease, May 13, 2008

Paul A. Offit, M.D.

VACCINE: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, May 22, 2007

David Quammen

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution, September 18, 2006

Nicholas Wade

Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors, May 23, 2006

Joyce E. Chaplin

The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius, April 24, 2006

Philip J. Hilts

Rx for Survival: Why We Must Rise to the Global Health Challenge, November 17, 2005

Brian Burrell

Postcards from the Brain Museum: The Improbable Search for Meaning in the Matter of Famous Minds, March 24, 2005

Jeffrey Kluger

Splendid Solution, February 23, 2005

Maryn Mckenna

Beating Back the Devil, November 4, 2004

Stephen S. Hall

Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension, May 4, 2004

John M. Barry

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, February 19, 2004