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The Science Factory, founded in February 2008 by Peter Tallack, is a leading UK literary agency specializing in stimulating nonfiction written by public intellectuals, academics and journalists. In 2014 he was joined by Tisse Takagi, who works as an agent in the US.

The Science Factory's main aim is to popularize fresh ideas and arguments. So it is selective in the authors it takes on, concentrating on top authorities who have something original and important to share with a broader audience, and creative writers who can open up new worlds for general readers.


Authors are individually handled by Peter or Tisse, most having been with them since their first book. The agency also takes on established authors as well as new writers, liaising closely with them all to give inspiration, advice and support from pitch to publication and beyond.


The Science Factory is a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents and abides by its code of conduct.

The Science Factory is committed to expanding its brand internationally. Peter works much of the time out of London and Hamburg, and Tisse mainly in New York. Together they recruit authors from as far afield as the US and Canada, New Zealand, Denmark and the UK, selling rights to publishers in most territories around the world.


Peter studied genetics at University College London before beginning a ten-year stint on the editorial staff of Nature where he ran the commentary and book-review sections. In 1998 he was appointed publishing director of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, commissioning many acclaimed titles for its popular science list. Some three years later he joined Conville & Walsh as an agent and director.


An author himself, he has written In the Womb and is editor of The Science Book. He has also reviewed for many newspapers and magazines.


Before working for the Science Factory, Tisse was an editor at Basic Books and Oxford University Press. A former science editor (and English major), she is interested in a wide range of explanatory and narrative nonfiction, particularly science, biography, music, dance, food, and history. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and lives in New York City.