Celebrity scientist, Jared Diamond, on his book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Houston, Texas, InterContinental Hotel, February 24, 2006.
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Jared Diamond is one of the world’s most awarded scientists. He’s received America’s highest civilian award in science, the National Medal of Science, for his landmark research in evolutionary biology. He is a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant. His many field projects include over 20 expeditions to New Guinea, for which he developed a comprehensive conservation plan for Indonesian New Guinea's national park system. Diamond won the Pulitzer Prize for his earlier bestseller, Guns, Germs, and Steel (1999), which was made into a three-part PBS television series. His books include a unique blend of anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary biology. The World Until Yesterday (2013) debuted among the top three of The New York Times bestseller list. Other recent titles include The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (2014), intended for future generations. He is the professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles.