Reading and Q & A with Caleb Scharf
On Thursday, October 23rd, at 7pm Caleb Scharf will take us on a scientific adventure with a reading and discussion of his newest book, The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities. The Copernicus Complex explores many cosmic mysteries such as the tiny microbes within the Earth, distant exoplanets, probability theory, and beyond. Looking forward to this upcoming event, we asked Scharf a few questions about what inspired the Copernicus Complex:
How did you come to write The Copernicus Complex?
The idea for the book had been gestating for a long time. It has always puzzled and intrigued me how we constantly circle the question of whether or not we’re alone in the universe and whether or not we’re somehow ‘special’ – either as being a very rare type of species, or that life itself is rare, or whether life is somehow linked to the deeper function of the universe. The book is an effort to tackle this issue head on, with science, with the latest cutting edge discoveries, to try to peer into the near future. What really surprised me is how big a conundrum we face, there’s plentiful evidence both for and against any notion of ‘special’ when it comes to life in the universe. This is my attempt to synthesize, distill and produce a plausible answer to that conundrum!
What are you currently reading?
Two books. One is Norman Mailer’s Of A Fire On The Moon– his elaborate reportage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I had no idea he’d written this, and it’s brilliant in places, as well as hugely politically incorrect in others. He’s really trying to come to grips with a ‘new age’ of technology, machines, and people. The other book is Caspar Henderson’s The Book Of Barely Imagined Beings – a lovely, modern, version of a Bestiary, with some fantastic ideas and insights to the nature of life.
Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
I have no single favorite!
Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?
I’m a big fan of Bill Bryson, so whatever he does next, I’m looking forward to it.
What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
Nothing I’m allowed to talk about yet!