2022-23 American Library in Paris Book Group

Explorations at the Limits of our Knowledge

Tuesdays, 17h00–18h30

This book group explores various fields outside of our normal day-to-day concerns and activities. For the Spring 2023 we will continue with five additional books on aspects of life sciences and cosmology. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s latest book leads off with another of his extraordinary explorations, namely about all living cells and the prospects that new knowledge gives us to improve the human condition. Katie Mack’s book transports us to the cosmic scale by considering how the universe evolved and different theories about how it might end. We then return to earth with Melvin Sheldrake’s fascinating book on the weird world of fungi, and how essential they are to life as we know it. Appropriately in June, we return to the sea with Anthony Palumbi, for a tour of some of the most unusual life forms that inhabit it. Finally, twin authors Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett focus on the neurological and behavioral roots of why we are curious about anything at all, and how our curiosity evolved.

Led by Maurice Lanman and Laurie Calvet.

Reading List

  • The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human by Siddhartha Mukherjee 
  • The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack
  • Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
  • The Extreme Life of the Sea by Anthony R. Palumbi
  • Curious Minds: The Power of Connection by Perry Zurn and Dani S. Bassett

Meeting Dates

  • 7 March
  • 4 April
  • 9 May
  • 7 June
  • 11 July
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