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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WCC Hosts Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads with Author Timothy Ferris

Timothy Ferris, the author of “Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe,” will discuss his book Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Towsley Auditorium, which is located in the Morris Lawrence building at Washtenaw Community College. His talk is part of the sixth annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.

In his book, Ferris recognizes the contributions of backyard stargazers to astronomy.

Ferris is the author of a dozen books, has written more than 200 articles and essays for publications ranging from The New York Times to Scientific American, and is a former reporter and editor of Rolling Stone magazine. He also made three documentary films that premiered on PBS: “The Creation of the Universe,” “Life Beyond Earth,” and “Seeing in the Dark.”

Ferris may be best known for producing a record containing music, sounds, and photographs of Earth that was launched in 1977 aboard the twin Voyager spacecraft, which are on a mission to explore space beyond the solar system.

Ferris, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught in five disciplines—astronomy, English, history, journalism, and philosophy— at four universities, and he’s currently an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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