Iím an author and journalist in Toronto. My primary focus
these days in the science of fitness and endurance, which I cover for Runnerís World (where I write the monthly Fast Lane
column and the Sweat Science blog), The Globe and Mail
(where I write the biweekly Jockology column),
and Canadian Running magazine. I covered technology for Popular Mechanics
for a decade, and write about adventure travel for the New York Times and other publications.
My latest book, published in 2011, is Which
Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other
Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. In it, I delve
into the scientific literature to find out exactly what researchers know (and
donít know) about 111 common fitness questions. I also wrote Big Ideas: 100
Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World, which was published in
A few interests that turn up in my writing:
becoming a journalist, I did a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Cambridge,
then spent a few years as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. National
Security Agency, working on quantum computing and nano-mechanics.
1997 and 2008, I competed as a middle- and long-distance runner for the
Canadian national team, at distances ranging from 1,500 metres to 12
kilometres. Iím still an endurance junkie: I enjoy training (and, occasionally,
racing), as well as following the elite side of the sport.
Music: Iíve been playing jazz saxophone for more than
20 years now, but in the tradition of armchair critics everywhere, Iím a better
student of the music than I am a player. I enjoyed covering jazz for the Ottawa
Citizen from 2005 to 2009 Ė
and Iím available for weddings and partiesÖ
but my sax is getting pretty dusty, sadly.