Author interviews

We strive to enhance our understanding of disruption and progress by exploring fresh perspectives. And by interviewing authors who inspire us, we can share their ideas with you.

Conversations with inquiring minds

  1. The elements behind everything

    Material World author Ed Conway shares insights on six commodities crucial to our progress.
    December 2023
    Article
  2. Portrait of Kate Crawford.

    Exposing AI’s costs

    Prof Kate Crawford on artificial intelligence’s environmental and social impacts.
    October 2023
    Article4 minutes
  3. James Shapiro in the Bethesda Terrace Arcade, Central Park, New York City. Photography by Pascal Perich.

    Shakespeare: Elizabethan entrepreneur

    How a book shedding new light on the life of the Bard won the ultimate non-fiction prize.
    September 2023
    Article
  4. Nuts and Bolts: engineering progress

    How seven small often overlooked inventions shape our lives in remarkable ways.
    July 2023
    Article
  5. The future of cybersecurity

    Veteran data security expert Mikko Hyppönen on cyberwarfare and AI’s challenge.
    March 2023
    Article
  6. Making sense of the metaverse

    Author Matthew Ball on the next-generation internet and the companies building its foundations.
    February 2023
    Article
  7. Chip War

    How semiconductors bring a competitive world together.
    December 2022
    Article
  8. Author interview: Closing the gap

    Sally Magnusson interviews Mary Ann Sieghart about her argument that bias can undermine professional women.
    November 2022
    Article
  9. Frames of mind

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses the human advantage of decision making in the age of big data.
    September 2022
    Article
  10. The storyteller: Tony Fadell

    After his book on succeeding in tech, the man behind the iPod and Nest is investing to solve climate change.
    September 2022
    Article
  11. The story of science retold

    It's wrong to credit a handful of western geniuses with revealing the secrets of the universe, according to James Poskett. The science historian introduces Alice Ross to the pioneers left out of our history books.
    June 2022
    Article
  12. Pioneering potter

    The V&A’s Tristram Hunt discusses how the 18th century entrepreneur crafted disruptive change.
    May 2022
    Article
  13. Cogs and monsters

    Virtual goods and the value of digital data pose unresolved challenges to economists, investors and regulators.
    May 2022
    Article
  14. An empire of addiction and pain

    Patrick Radden Keefe discusses his book about the Sackler family’s role in the US opioid crisis.
    April 2022
    Article
  15. Tribal knowledge

    Companies that hire anthropologists to get inside customers' minds would do better getting them to look at their own corporate behaviour, Gillian Tett tells Pádraig Belton.
    February 2022
    Article
  16. Living for the long term

    Australian philosopher Roman Krznaric talks about putting our descendants’ best interests above our own instant gratification.
    November 2021
    Article
  17. Blurring the boundaries of our identity

    The definition of what makes you who you are was once a simple matter. But as Tracey Follows explains to Pádraig Belton, big tech has encroached on our personal space.
    October 2021
    Article
  18. Exponential change: minding the gap

    Tech advances are outpacing older institutions’ ability to adapt, says author Azeem Azhar.
    September 2021
    Article
  19. Image of coastal road representing rethinking international tourism

    Back to earth: Rethinking international tourism

    Travel industry expert Emma Gregg tells Pádraig Belton why holidays have to change.
    Emma Gregg
    Article
  20. Image of a dark coast line

    Desert Island Discovery

    Carlo Rovelli wants to reconcile us to the unstable state of the universe, as first understood on a North Sea island a century ago. Kate Clanchy asks why.
    Carlo Rovelli
    Article
  21. The wealth of nations isn’t determined by economic theorists, but by practical politicians seeking quick fixes, Vince Cable tells Pádraig Belton.
    Vince Cable
    Article
  22. Baillie Gifford has supported literary festivals for over 10 years with a goal of helping them to flourish. This reflects the value we place on these events and the work of the fascinating authors who appear at them.
    Full Year 2020
    Document
  23. The world isn’t short of books about The Beatles but Craig Brown, whose book won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, tells Malcolm Borthwick why his is different.
    April 2021
    Article
  24. Maps showing the ebb and flow of globalisation give us hope for the future, Ian Goldin tells Pádraig Belton.
    Ian Goldin
    Article
  25. Better understanding of how raw numbers reflect and obscure reality makes the world a saner place, Tim Harford tells Pádraig Belton.
    October 2020
    Article
  26. Peter Lacy claims that re-use and recycling can remodel the economy, helping people, companies and the planet itself. Erica Wagner spoke to him.
    Peter Lacy
    Article
  27. Ever-extending lifespans bring more uncertainty as well as more leisure. Andrew Scott and Lynda Gratton tell Erica Wagner how we should be preparing for the long road ahead.
    Andrew Scott and Lynda Gratton
    Article
  28. Hallie Rubenhold reveals the hidden history of the Ripper’s victims.
    Hallie Rubenhold
    Article
  29. India’s growth and development has been diverted by the rise of nationalism, according to a powerful new book. Erica Wagner meets the young historian raising the alarm.
    Fourth Quarter 2019
    Article
  30. In his book On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, Martin Rees describes ‘Space-Ship Earth’ as hurtling blindly through the void. At his home in Cambridge, he talks to Trust editor Malcolm Borthwick about why we need to think long term and globally to stay the course.
    Martin Rees
    Article
  31. Sarah Harper, author of How Population Change Will Transform our World, talks to Tiffany Jenkins about the challenges presented by our changing population.
    Sarah Harper
    Article
  32. As long-term supporters of literary festivals and events, we love authors and their work because it reminds us of how we work.
    May 2015
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