Seth Fletcher

Home page for Seth Fletcher, editor at Scientific American and writer of books.

Climate Chatter on the Island of Nobels
Scientific American, July 13, 2015  

A heat wave, a German resort town, a gang of Nobel laureates, and a declaration on climate change.


Machine Learning
Scientific American, August 2013  

Will artificial intelligence and big data take teachers out of the lecturing business? 


Signals from the Void
Popular Science, August 2012

A band of astronomers have set out to create a planet-sized virtual radio telescope and take a picture of the black hole at the center of the galaxy.  


Did Global Warming Destroy My Hometown?
Popular Science, February 2012

In May, 2011, a tornado obliterated my hometown of Joplin, Missouri. Was climate change to blame? Inside the complex, ambiguous science of extreme weather and global warming. 


Electric Avenue
The New York Times Op-Ed Page, May 9, 2011 

The gradual electrification of the American automotive fleet is essential.


Critical Matter
Popular Science, June 2011

In the field with the scientists and entrepreneurs who are scrambling to secure access to the minerals that will underlie a clean-energy economy. 


The Knock Down, Drag Out Fight over the Next Generation of Batteries
Gizmodo, May 26, 2011

Patent wars and the quest to build the electric-car battery of the future.