NYTimes Writer, Nicholas Wade To Discuss Book on Human Origins, 11/1

The Mystery of Human Origins: New York Times science writer, Nicholas Wade, will discuss his recent book at Montclair State University

Nicholas Wade, New York Times science writer and author of a provocative new book on human origins, Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors, will speak at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Wade's talk, 'Human Evolution and Progress' How DNA is Enabling Recovery of the Deep Human Past, is part of the University’s Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture Series.

In Before the Dawn, Wade analyzes the recent explosion of findings in a host of fields including genetics, linguistics, archeology and paleontology in an effort to shed new light on human origins.

The book explores mysteries of human history such as: When did language emerge? When and why did we start wearing clothing? How exactly did our ancestors leave Africa, and how did they defeat the more physically powerful Neanderthals who threatened their existence?

A review in Publishers Weekly called the book: "highly recommended for readers interested in how DNA analysis is rewriting the history of mankind." A resident of Montclair, Wade has been on the news staff of The New York Times since 1982. He was the paper’s science editor from 1990 to 1996 and has been a science reporter at the paper since 1997.

Wade is also the author of several books including Betrayers of the Truth, a study of fraud in science; The Nobel Duel, the story of two Scientists who race to win the Nobel Prize; and Life Script: How the Human Genome Discoveries will Transform Medicine and Enhance Your Health.

The event is free for MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The public is also welcome and tickets are $10, which includes parking. For additional information, or to order tickets, call the University Box Office at (973) 655-5112.