D. Graham Burnett is Professor of History of Science at Princeton University. He is currently a Guggenheim fellow. He is the author of four books, including two on the history of cetology, whales, and whaling. His book Trying Leviathan won the 2007 Hermalyn Prize in Urban History and the New York City Book Award in 2008. The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century is his most recent book. He has written essays for a variety of publications, including the The New Yorker,Harpers, The Economist, the American Scholar, Daedalus, The New York Times, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is an editor of Cabinet magazine, and serves on the editorial board of Lapham’s Quarterly.