3rd October 2020 / 8:30 pm IST /
Zoom & Youtube

Where and why do new pathogens emerge? How do they turn into a pandemic? David Quammen explores these questions in Spillover, an accessible and well-researched book about pathogen spreads before Covid-19.

On the 3rd of October David was in conversation with award-winning writer and journalist Anil Ananthaswamy to talk about Spillover in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 good health and well being

This month’s edition was co-hosted with www.covid-gyan.in

The book is available on www.champaca.in Champaca ships across India.

To know more about SDG 3 click here.

*The recording of the discussion is available above for a month


David Quammen

David Quammen is a well-known science writer and explorer. Author of four books of fiction and eight non-fiction titles including Spillover: Animal Infections and the next Human Pandemic. He is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine among other periodical publications. He lives in Bozeman with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, a conservationist, and a family of large white dogs and a cat.

Anil Ananthaswamy

Anil Ananthaswamy is an award-winning journalist and former staff writer and deputy news editor for the London-based New Scientist magazine. He is currently a Knight Science Journalism research fellow at MIT. His first book, The Edge of Physics, was voted book of the year in 2010 by UK’s Physics World, and his second book, The Man Who Wasn’t There, was long-listed for the 2016 Pen/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  His most recent book,Through Two Doors at Once, was named one of Smithsonian’s Favorite Books of 2018 and one of Forbes’s 2018 Best Books About Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics. 

Spillover book photo
As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but that can be transmitted to humans. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic.In a journey that takes him from southern China to the Congo, from Bangladesh to Australia, David Quammen tracks these infections to their source, and asks what we can do to prevent some new pandemic spreading across the face of the earth.