``Timothy Ferris is the author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Galaxies, The Red Limit, and other popular books on astronomy and physics. He has received the American Insitute of Physics Price, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize, the Klumpke-Roberts Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Books by Ferris have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pultizer Prize. Professor Ferris lives with his wife and family in San Francisco and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley [in the departments of journalism and astronomy].''I've typed in the chapter ``The Library of the Amazon'' from The Mind's Sky, both for its intrinsic interest, and because it relates to one of my works-in-glacial-progress.