Tom Eblen

February 4, 2014

Tom Eblen: Writer who uses fiction to explain science will speak at UK

As a chemist, Carl Djerassi developed the first synthesis of a steroid oral contraceptive. It became "the Pill" and changed the dynamics of human sex and reproduction. Since the mid-1980s, Djerassi has developed a second career as a writer. Most of his five novels and 11 plays are exercises in what he calls "intellectual smuggling" — explaining scientific processes to non-scientists and exploring the ethical and moral implications of science and technology.

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About Tom Eblen

Tom Eblen


Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.