UM physicist Timothy McKay will be at the Downtown Library on February 2, 7:00 p.m., to answer Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Astronomy (But Were Afraid to Ask) as part of our series of Ann Arbor Reads events. We asked him what he's currently reading....
"Lately, as I often do, I've been reading about science and its history. I am currently reading two books (there are usually several). One is Ferris' Seeing in the Dark, which I find beautifully written. I am also reading Carl Zimmer's latest Soul Made Flesh, about the discovery of the connection between the brain and human identity. Much of it is about the enlightenment, a fascinating time in the history of science when it seemed possible for individuals, people like Christopher Wren, to know almost everything.
"There are two books I recently finished, both of which I really enjoyed. The first was Crysalis, by Kim Todd. This is a biography of Maria Sybylla Merian, a German woman who lived from around 1650-1720. She was a remarkably modern woman, who left her husband at the age of 45, moved to Surinam, and painted pictures designed to illustrate studies of insect metamorphosis. An amazing person.