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Tom Vanderbilt

Journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Traffic

Tom Vanderbilt on “The counterintuitive science of traffic”
  • About Tom Vanderbilt

    Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, science, and culture, among other subjects, for many publications, including WiredSlateGourmetThe Wall Street JournalMen’s VogueTravel and LeisureRolling StoneThe New York Times Magazine, and Popular Science. He is contributing editor to the design magazines I.D. and Print, and a contributing writer to the popular blog Design Observer.

    His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the everyday activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological, and technical factors that explain how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving says about us.

    Tom Vanderbilt has given lectures at colleges and business conferences and has appeared on a wide variety of radio and television programs around the world, including NBC’s Today show, ABC’s Nightline, NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the BBC’s World Service and The One Show, Fox Business, and CNN’s World Business Today, among many others.

  • Speaking Topics

    Objects in Mirror Are More Complicated Than They Appear

    In this lecture, Vanderbilt presents findings from his New York Times bestselling book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). He discusses the dynamics of traffic flow, the social interactions of drivers, the perceptual illusions and cognitive biases that humans behind the wheel are prone to, the relationship between the built environment and our behavior, among other aspects of this complex, yet overlooked, everyday activity.

    Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

    Surprising discoveries, patterns, and dynamics about driving today, and mysteries explained

    Rules of the Road

    Why some rules are good and some bad, and how drivers respond

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  • 212 572-2013
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