David H. Freedman

American journalist and author. Born in Boston, Freedman studied for two years at Northwestern University before deciding he'd be better off "learning what to write about rather than how to write it." He transferred to Oberlin College and earned a bachelor's degree in physics. Since then Freedman's writing, primarily about science, technology, and business, has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Science, Discover, Scientific American, Forbes, Wired, and the Atlantic, where he is now a contributing editor. Freedman's immersion in science has led him to become skeptical about the reliability of scientific findings and especially of science journalism. Increasingly he focuses on health care and medical science. The latest of his five books, Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—and How to Know When Not to Trust Them (2010) grew out of his 2010 Atlantic article, "Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science." See also fatandskinner.org.