Actor Alan Alda’s father wanted him to become a doctor, but
it wasn’t meant to be. “I failed chemistry really disastrously … ”
Alda says. “I really didn’t want to be a doctor; I wanted to be a writer
and an actor.”
Which is exactly what happened. But Alda didn’t leave
science behind entirely. His new book, If
I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, is all about
communication — and miscommunication — between scientists and civilians.