I am more scientifically literate, I think, than most literary types - my career as a writer began when I won an essay contest sponsored by Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences when I was, I think, 15. I had written about microscopic life in a pond near where I lived and the photomicrographs that accompanied my essay were mine. Had I not been so incompetent in math, science is what I would have pursued. That may be why I so admire Maxine, who not only knows science better than I can ever hope to, but can explain it with such lucidity. Henry has the same skill. People like that are treasures.
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