Carl Zimmer is the author of fourteen books about science. His latest book is Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive
Zimmer’s column Matter appears each week in the New York Times. In this interview we delve into the definition of life: is it consciousness? Brain activity? He tells me about some surprising forms of life researchers are just finding and whether AI or conscious computers could ever be considered "life".
Zimmer is a familiar voice on radio programs such as Radiolab and professor adjunct at Yale University. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named.