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Simon WinchesterDescribe your latest project.
I am beginning a rather long book on Joseph Needham, the Cambridge biochemist who, in middle age, became enraptured with China, and edited seventeen volumes of the classic Science and Civilisation in China. My idea is to tell the story of China by standing on his shoulders, as it were seeing and discovering the amazing story of the Middle Kingdom through Joseph Needham's eyes.
What inspires you to sit down and write?
Talk a little about your favorite childhood teacher and how that teacher influenced you.
Chess or video games?
What do you do for relaxation?
Douglas Adams or Scott Adams?
What was your favorite book as a kid?
What was your best subject in high school? Your worst?
By the end of your life, where do you think humankind will be in terms of new science and technological advancement?