Robert Kanigel ’66
Joseph Henry Press, 2007
From formica, vinyl siding, and particle board to cubic zirconium, knockoff designer bags, and genetically altered foods, inspired fakes of every description fly the polyester pennant of a brave new man-made world. Each represents an often passionate journey of scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial innovation. Faux Real explores this borderland of the almost-real, the ersatz, and the fake, illuminating a centuries-old culture war between the authentic and the imitative.
Robert Kanigel ’66 is the author of six books, including The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan; Apprentice to Genius; and The One Best Way, a biography of efficiency expert Frederick Winslow Taylor. He is a professor of science writing at MIT, where he directs its graduate program in science writing.