• Shaping the World

    The Vital Role of the Scientist in Industry


    Coming in the spring of 2024.


    Shaping the World is the next book from scientist and educator David M. Giltner, founder of TurningScience and author of It's a Game, not a Formula and Turning Science into Things People Need.



    Shaping the World by David M Giltner

    How can a scientist make the biggest impact with their work?

    The traditional place to find a scientist at work is in a university lab performing
    fundamental science research.

    But most scientists actually work in industry, solving problems and helping develop products and services.

    The private sector is where sciencerealizes its fullest potential. Academic research is critical to our understanding of the universe we inhabit, but technology commercialization is where scientific discoveries are turned into practical solutions that make our lives better.

    “It’s about being able to shape theworld, and I am going to be a part of it.”

    -Chris Myatt, PhD Physicist and founder of two successful companies


    This book features interviews with 29 scientists who have made their own powerful contributions to shaping the world,either as:

    • a technology company employee
    • an academic researcher whocollaborates with industry, or
    • an entrepreneur who built their own company.

    This collection of stories details the benefits and challenges of all three career paths and provides powerful career examples for scientists who are searching for their own way to make a unique and valuable impact on the world.

    If you became a scientist because you wanted to make a difference, this book will show you how it’s done!

  • Inside you will find extended interviews with these scientists and many more:

    Physicist and biotech startup founder Marinna Madrid


    Professor and director of the MSU Optical Technology Center Joe Shaw


    Entrepreneur, author, and technology initiative executive Peter Fiske


    Professor, venture fund partner, and founder of The Photon Factory Cather Simpson


    Professor and founder of Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT) Hugo Thienpont


    Professor and co-founder of Zero Point Cryogenics John P. Davis


    Laser scientist, author, and legislative affairs specialist Christina C. C. Willis


    Biologist and science communication coach Oliver Wueseke