In the bestselling tradition of Dava Sobel's Longitude, geologist Alan Cutler burst onto the literary nonfiction scene with The Seashell on the Mountaintop -- the tale of a 17th-century scientist-turned-priest who forever changed our understanding of the earth. An aficionado of jazz music and Joseph Heller, Cutler himself turns out to be as multilayered as his subject matter.
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Date of Birth:
February 24, 1954
Place of Birth:
B.A., Carleton College, 1975; M.S., University of Rochester, 1977; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1991
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|"I’ve never been able to answer the question 'How did you become interested in science?' " Cutler tells us in our exclusive interview. "I’m tempted to turn the question around: How do people become uninterested in science? I figure that for most people the curiosity is still there somewhere, even if its been dormant for years. My hope in writing about science is to connect with that curiosity and reawaken it if I can."|
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John A. McPhee
"When McPhee began to write about my own field, geology, I became hooked," recalls Cutler in our interview. "I saw that writing about science and about the various kinds of people involved in it could be as intellectually satisfying as science itself. I knew it was something I wanted to do."
Cutler also shared some of his favorite fiction with us. "In high school, I was bowled over by Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, he reflects. "Later it was V. S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas." Read our entire interview with Cutler to learn more about his favorite books and writers.
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