Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Understanding Our World
    Saturday, September 1
    6:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Edward Tenner is a distinguished scholar of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and a visiting scholar in the Rutgers University Department of History. He was a visiting lecturer in the Humanities Council at Princeton and has held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Pennsylvania. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Wilson Quarterly and, and he has given talks for many organizations, including Microsoft, AT&T, the National Summit on White Collar Crime, the Smithsonian Associates and TED. His book “Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences,” written in part with a Guggenheim Fellowship, has been translated into German, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Czech. His new book is “The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do” (Knopf).

Edward Tenner

Photo by Michael Lionstar