Resilient Cities

By Jean Farrington I’m a big fan of big cities, London, New York, Philadelphia, and Hong Kong, to name just a few.  I like their energy and bustle, the sense of purpose that comes from striding along a busy sidewalk.  The crowds of people, the noise, the sheer density of bodies and buildings are exhilarating. […]

Evolutionary Biologists

By Jean Farrington Sean B. Carroll’s remarkable book, Remarkable Creatures is one of the best science books and one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read.  It’s the focus of discussion at the Academy in January. Professor Carroll is a natural storyteller–he credits his Irish background and growing up around a dinner table replete with […]

Out of Nature

By Jean Farrington, Associate Director of Public Programs & Senior Library Information Specialist, California Academy of Sciences The science book club I facilitate at the California Academy of Sciences recently discussed David Owen’s Green Metropolis. Its subtitle:  Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability, really gets at Owen’s premise […]