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  • Today's catastrophic concerns shaped by past interactions between science, culture

    Illinois history professor David Sepkoski’s book “Catastrophic Thinking” examines how concerns about threats to the planet and human race came to be.

    Illinois history professor David Sepkoski studies the history of science, which involves much more than the story of scientific achievement. His new book “Catastrophic Thinking” examines how the interplay of science and culture over two centuries has shaped current-day concerns about threats to both the planet and the human race.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach David Sepkoski, call 312-619-0141; email

    His book “Catastrophic Thinking: Extinction and the Value of Diversity from Darwin to the Anthropocene” is published by the University of Chicago Press.