Amanda Gefter

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Amanda Gefter (born 16 August 1980) is an American science writer, noteworthy for her 2014 book Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn.[1][2][3] The book won Physics World's 2015 book of the year award.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Amanda Gefter has a master's degree in the Philosophy and History of Science from the London School of Economics. For the academic year 2012–2013 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Her articles, specializing in cosmology and fundamental physics, have been published in The New York Times, Nautilus, New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature, Sky and Telescope, and several other journals. She is a former co-director of the collaborative group NeuWrite Boston and a current co-host, with science journalist Dan Falk, of BookLab, a podcast about popular science books.[5]

Personal life[edit]

The pattern of Amanda Gefter's life has been influenced by an inherited circadian rhythm disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome.[6] She married Justin Smith in July 2017. Their relationship was dramatized in the Modern Love episode "The Night Girl Finds a Day Boy."[7]



  1. ^ Gefter, Amanda (2014). Trespassing on Einstein's lawn : a father, a daughter, the meaning of nothing, and the beginning of everything. New York: Bantam Books.
  2. ^ Orzel, Chad (May 2014). "Review of Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything by Amanda Gefter". Physics Today. 67 (5): 52–53. doi:10.1063/PT.3.2385.
  3. ^ Dihal, Kanta (19 January 2015). "Review of Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn". The Oxonian Review.
  4. ^ "Quest to understand 'nothing' wins Physics World's 2015 Book of the Year". Physics World. 15 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Amanda Gefter, science writer".
  6. ^ Gefter, Amanda (23 December 2016). "The Night Girl Finds a Day Boy". The New York Times. (See The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald.)
  7. ^ Lee, Miya (2021-08-13). "Stuck in Different Time Zones While Living Two Subway Stops Apart". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  8. ^ "AAAS Kavli Winners 2015".

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