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16 January 1973
Bas Kast is a German science writer. He studied psychology and biology at the University of Konstanz and with Marvin Minsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kast was a fellow of the prestigious Studienstiftung. After completing his studies, he refused a PhD position to devote himself to writing. Working as a freelancer first for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit and other magazines, he later became an editor and reporter for the Berlin-based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. His articles have earned him a number of national and international prizes. Kast has written several popular science books, some of which became best selling books that have been translated in numerous languages. He is a close friend of neuroscientist Christian Keysers.
- "Decisions, decisions...", Nature, 2001 May 10;411(6834):126-8.
- "The best supporting actors", Nature, 2001 Aug 16;412(6848):674-6.
- Axel-Springer-Preis 2002 for the article "What is Empathy?"
- European Science Writers Award 2006
- freshwater snail Tylomelania baskasti is named in honor of Bas Kast
- Revolution im Kopf (2003)
- Die Liebe und wie sich Leidenschaft erklärt (2004)
- Wie der Bauch dem Kopf beim Denken hilft (2007)
- Lauras Schweigen (2011) [Novel published using the alias Niels Nefarius]
- Ich weiß nicht, was ich wollen soll (2012)
- Und plötzlich macht es KLICK! (2015)
- von Rintelen T. & Glaubrecht M. (2008). "Three new species of the freshwater snail genus Tylomelania (Caenogastropoda: Pachychilidae) from the Malili lake system, Sulawesi, Indonesia". Zootaxa 1852: 37-49. PDF.