This week Brendan sits down with Dr. David Warmflash to discuss the way the Moon has influenced life on Earth. They cover the formation of the Moon, how it stabilizes the Earth's wobble, how the Ancient Greek's studied the Moon and performed incredibly precise measurements given the tools they had, the space race, and the future colonization and exploration of the lunar surface.
Purchase David's new book, titled Moon: An Illustrated History wherever books are sold.
David Warmflash is a science communicator, astrobiologist, and physician. He has written and edited articles and educational materials in life sciences and space sciences for a range of audiences, and medical content for a range of medical specialties, including medical genetics, gene therapy, aerospace medicine, hyperbaric medicine, neurology, hematology, oncology, and cardiology, and other topic areas such as radiation bioeffects and digital health. He has been featured in Scientific American, Genetic Literacy Project (where gene therapy and other genetic biotechnologies have been among his principal topics), Leaps Magazine, Discover Magazine’s The Crux , Wired UK, and other online and print outlets.
Dr. Warmflash was in the first cohort of NASA Astrobiology postdoctoral trainees in 2000-2002 at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He has also worked on astronaut health issues, such as injuries during underwater training for extravehicular activity. Dr. Warmflash holds an M.D. from Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.