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Ed Yong: An Immense World


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Explore the majesty and mystery of the natural world with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Yong.

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‘Protecting nature isn’t just about saving whales or pandas or what have you. It’s about protecting even things that are close to us… because each of those things has a unique way of experiencing the world, that is worth learning about, worth cherishing and worth protecting.’

For Spring Fling, acclaimed science journalist Ed Yong takes us beyond the limits of human perception to uncover the world through the eyes of animals.

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us explores the boundless sensory environments animals occupy, offering a reminder of the intricacies of nature and how little we truly know about the planet we inhabit. In this remarkable book, Yong brings to bear the same clear-eyed insight that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for his COVID-19 coverage for The Atlantic.

Now, Yong arrives in Melbourne for a revelatory conversation with Guardian Australia nature columnist Helen Sullivan, live at The Capitol.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture.


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About the Book

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

About Spring Fling

Spring Fling returns in 2023, and this year we’re going Above and Beyond.

We’re looking further, delving deeper, and asking bigger questions with outstanding thinkers who are reshaping our world and envisioning extraordinary futures.

Spring Fling is supported by the Victorian State Government.


Spring Fling


Ed Yong

Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer who reports for The Atlantic. His blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, is hosted by National Geographic, and his work has also appeared in Wired, the New York Times, Nature, the BBC, New Scientist, Scientific American, the Guardian, The Times and more... Read more

Helen Sullivan

Helen Sullivan writes a column about animals and, occasionally, inanimate objects, for the Guardian. She has reported from South Africa, Lebanon, Australia and the Federated States of Micronesia for the New Yorker and the London Review of Books and her writing has been featured in the Best Australia... Read more


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