Talk at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum

I so enjoyed my visit to Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. Although I lived in the Boston area for a number of years, I had never been, and it is lovely. I was thrilled to have a special tour of the grounds with landscape preservationist Maggie Redfern, who filled me in on the history of the grounds. The rain stopped just in time!

The azaleas were in full bloom!

The azaleas were in full bloom!

I also enjoyed my visit to the lovely library of the Arboretum—it was real a treat to see documents relating to E.H. Wilson’s plant expeditions in eastern Asia between 1907 and 1922. And my tour of the new Weld Research Center of the Arboretum was terrific—my interest was especially captured by their new, state-of-the-art 3-D microscope!

My talk on Wednesday night was well-attended and the Q & A was lively. Thanks to Ned Friedman, director of the Arboretum, and Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education, for the invitation and the hospitality!

Thursday I was thrilled to meet Sara Schechner, the Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard. We had a great talk about early microscopes and telescopes. I’ll be going back to Harvard soon for some work with microscopes old and new with Sara and Ned.

The Philosophical Breakfast Club at TED Global This June!!!

I am incredibly excited to announce that I will be giving one of the famous 14-minute TED talks at the TED Global meeting in Edinburgh this June.

The theme of the TED Global meeting this year is “Radical Openness,” and the program reflects the eclecticism of that idea. I will be leading off Session 10, titled “Reframing,” which also features an artist (and President of the Rhode Island School of Design), a “computational architect,” a “femtophotographer” (photographs light), a musician, and a behavioral economist!

See the complete program here.

The organizers have put together a fabulous group—I am eager to learn from each and every speaker, and am thrilled to be able to share with the 900 attendees my story about the men who helped invent the modern scientist.

I’ll have more to say about TED Global and my preparations for it in the coming weeks.

Photos from Cambridge in America Event



I had such a fun time at the “Food for Thought” lunch at the Century Club on Thursday! The group of Cambridge alumni and their guests were so receptive to my story about another group of Cambridge alumni. The book seller at the event even ran out of copies of The Philosophical Breakfast Club!

Below are some photos from the event.





Coming this week….

. . . photos from my Cambridge in America event at the Century Club, possibly the video as well, and a really, really exciting announcement!

Tomorrow: The Philosophical Breakfast Club at the Century Association, New York City

Century Association

Century Association

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s “Food For Thought” luncheon and talk at the Century Association in New York City, sponsored by Cambridge in America. There is still time for Cambridge University alumni and guests to register at! For more information, and to register, see here.

Photos from Writing Biography Luncheon

I had a fabulous time yesterday at the Writing Biography Luncheon held on the campus of St. John’s University. The crowd was large and lively, the food was good, and I signed lots of copies of The Philosophical Breakfast Club!

Signing books before the presentation

Speaking about the trials and tribulations of writing biography

More books to sign afterwards!

Writing Biography in New York City Next Monday

I’m looking forward to my event next week at St. John’s University. I will be discussing the challenges of writing biography—especially four intertwined biographies of men who each lived rich and productive lives!—as well as the joys of living “with” such fascinating people for so many years. The event, on Monday, April 30 from 12:15–1:40, will be held on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens, New York, and is free and open to the public. Lunch will also be served. For more information, or to register, email or call 718-990-1859.

See the announcement of the talk here.

The Philosophical Breakfast Club at the Arnold Arboretum: May 9

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has put out a lovely poster advertising my upcoming talk:

Breakfast Club at Arnold Arboretum

I am looking forward to my visit to the Arboretum, and would love to see friends and fans of The Philosophical Breakfast Club there.

Cambridge in America Event: May 3rd

The Cambridge in America group has put a nice announcement of my May 3rd “Food for Thought” luncheon on their website (it’s the second screen that appears after you get onto the site; or you can click here for the direct link).

I’m very excited about the opportunity to meet fellow Cambridge alumni and their guests over lunch! And I’m very pleased that we will be meeting in the Century Association, a London-style club founded in 1847 by William Cullen Bryant which was intended for “Artists, Literary Men, Scientists, Physicians, Officers of the Army and Navy, members of the Bench and Bar, Engineers, Clergymen, Representatives of the Press, Merchants and men of leisure.” (The club finally began to admit women members in 1989.) So it will be an occasion to chat about The Philosophical Breakfast Club in an actual club! I look forward to seeing friends and fans of the book on May 3rd.

April Events

I’d like to remind everyone of an upcoming event: A Writing Biography Luncheon, at which I will be talking about the challenges—and the joys—of writing The Philosophical Breakfast Club. This will be held on Monday, April 30th at St. John’s University in Queens, New York at 12:15pm. The event is free and open to the public (and lunch will be served!). To register, and get directions to the event, please email or call (718)990-1859. For more information, see the poster below.

Writing Biography Poster

I am also sorry to announce that the lecture scheduled for Thursday, April 19th at the Brookhaven National Labs has been postponed, new date TBA. I invite all Long Island fans of The Philosophical Breakfast Club to join me in Queens on the 30th instead!