What Writers are Reading

The website Writers Read has been asking authors what books they have been reading lately. I was very pleased to learn that Kathleen Ann Goonan, the award-winning science fiction writer, is reading The Philosophical Breakfast Club. She has this to say about the way I begin the work, with the confrontation between Coleridge and Whewell:

“Rarely does one encounter or recognize such a succinct, defining moment, but it is the work of a good writer to use these moments, as does Snyder, to illuminate a narrative and an age.”

It was a real writer’s compliment, which I greatly appreciate.

Kathleen Ann Goonan’s most recent book is This Shared Dream.

See her whole essay here.


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About the Author

Laura J. Snyder, Ph.D., is a science historian, philosopher and writer whose most recent book, The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Transformed Science and Changed the World, was an Official Selection of the TED Book Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, and winner of the 2011 Royal Institution of Australia Poll for Favorite Science Book. It was also named an "Outstanding Academic Title" in history of science and technology by the American Library Association. Snyder is Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in New York City and writes frequently about science and ideas for The Wall Street Journal. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, and Past President of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.

 She is currently working on a book about how new optical technologies in the 17th century revolutionized not only science, but also art and the rest of culture. Follow Laura Snyder on Twitter and Facebook.

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