Oct 23, Colettesimmons rated it it was amazing. All the trials and tribulations, the struggle for money and the politics involved really gave the amount of sweat and grit it takes to keep a project going like this that spans the globe, and involves many cultural differences. Plus the science involved was very absorbing and interesting.
You certainly end up rooting for Shep and the whole gang. I can now peruse the scientific literature on line, waiting to see if the final analysis of the data set was definitive, and if so- what did they find? I read the e-book version, downloaded on October 9. My sole complaint is that there are no illustrations of either the principal scientists or of the many observatories featured in the saga.
Has the Event Horizon Telescope assemblage ever been activated by another group, asking different questions? The concern by funding agencies for access is justifiable; what is the utility of the EHT going forward? Author Fletcher has compiled a fine scientific yarn, with just the right amount of dumbing-down for a non-astrophysicist to follow the technical arguments.
This was published in after the initial black hole observation run in April of , but before the results are made public. The Event Horizon Telescope is 7 or 8 specialized radio telescopes around the world organized to take a picture of the black hole in the center of our galaxy. It's a gripping story, years in that making, full of science and science politics. Politics because if successful, up to three people will win the Nobel physics from this. So there is lots of politics and maneuv This was published in after the initial black hole observation run in April of , but before the results are made public.
So there is lots of politics and maneuvering. The image was taken in April , but it is taking a lot of time to process and correlate the image data to get a picture. Loved the Audible book! Nov 24, Reina Callier rated it liked it. It was interesting to see the difficulties that Shep and his group encountered in trying to get funding, calibrate the telescopes, etc.
What a monumental task! I also appreciate that Fletcher made the scientific debates concerning blackholes understandable to someone who's not a scientist i. But sometimes there was a bit too much detail about the funding and "political" issues, which got repetitive after awhile. Hopefully they are able to release the data and its implications soon!
Nov 08, Katharine Rudzitis rated it really liked it. Great read on astronomy and far more interesting than a lot of the pop-science books out there. Dec 01, Scott Kardel rated it liked it Shelves: astronomy. I enjoyed Seth Fletcher's book Einstein's Shadow. It is the tale of the building of the Event Horizon Telescope EHT , a globe-spanning array of telescopes that hope to image the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Fletcher spent years hanging out with the key members of the collaboration, giving the reader an inside view of the trials and tribulations of the building of this amazing array. My only complaint is that the big result that the EHT is hoping to deliver doesn't yet exist, giving the book a feel that's a bit like a joke without a punchline.
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We have all the build up, but the final result does not yet exist. That's not really the fault of the author, but it like everyone else, I'm waiting to see what they've found. Jun 07, John rated it really liked it. Effort to photograph a Black Hole shadow, millions of light years away from earth, is like trying to take a "portrait through a pool of water," so said Shep Doeleman, primary leader of the project to do just that. Atmospheric conditions at multiple radio-telescopes must be just right; "perfect" must exist at least three.
Fletcher shadowed Doeleman, an intense goal-oriented guy, sometimes a "seething, whirling storm," for six years as he dealt with fundraising, arguments about who will take credi Effort to photograph a Black Hole shadow, millions of light years away from earth, is like trying to take a "portrait through a pool of water," so said Shep Doeleman, primary leader of the project to do just that. Fletcher shadowed Doeleman, an intense goal-oriented guy, sometimes a "seething, whirling storm," for six years as he dealt with fundraising, arguments about who will take credit for success of the project if it succeeded and numerous coordination issues.
Doeleman, first associated with MIT, later, Harvard, led an on and off staff of more than researchers, grad students and postDocs, who battled weather conditions, often at high altitudes, to properly align the telescopes and their numerous parabolic disks. Though much of the mathematical and technical stuff eluded me nanoseconds, curved spacetime, ho-hair theorem, holographic principle, quantum entanglement, etc.
OK, so the book comes out before the "the greatest achievement of astronomy" is accomplished April 10, That doesn't detract from the previous drama. Apr 21, Aaron rated it really liked it. It would have been nice if the publishing of this book could have been held of for one year so that the focus of this book, capturing a picture of a black hole, could have come to actual fruition. It ends before the EHT team could actually take the photo, but you can tell that they have finally gotten their act together and were ready to scan for the first picture of a black hole.
The whole concept of taking a "picture" of a black hole is fascinating. It takes much much more than simply flashing It would have been nice if the publishing of this book could have been held of for one year so that the focus of this book, capturing a picture of a black hole, could have come to actual fruition. It takes much much more than simply flashing the shutter on a nice camera. It requires multiple radio telescopes simultaneously scanning the sky to receive sub-millimeter radio wavelengths.
Next, they have to take the data from each involved telescope and parse through the mounds of information. It requires incredible coding to create a program that eliminates the noise, sorts through the false positives, and eventually delivers an actual visible image from all of the invisible wavelengths originally received by the telescope. It was also interesting to read about all of the bureaucracy involved in creating the EHT team and process. In fact, I would say about half of the book revolved around the applications for grants, requesting time on the telescope, and worry about who would get their name on a supposed Nobel Prize.
Shelves: i-own-it , professional , read-it-so-i-can-say-i-read-it , really-good-writing. Okay, so let me first start by saying that this book took me WAY too long to finish--two holidays, the start of a new year, the end of a semester, and just life in general sidetracked me. Now, I'm not saying that I totally understood everything in this book.
But I thought Fletcher did a great job making this scie Okay, so let me first start by saying that this book took me WAY too long to finish--two holidays, the start of a new year, the end of a semester, and just life in general sidetracked me. But I thought Fletcher did a great job making this science more accessible to the masses with this book, and he threw in some really great character descriptions and some humor, too, to lighten the sciencey load.
While I'd still like to know what data the astronomers found and what picture this data created, I still enjoyed the ride. In some respects, this book was like an episode of NOVA on PBS--full of sciencey-people doing phenomenal things but ending before definitive results have been achieved. But, just like in an episode of NOVA, sometimes its the journey through scientific inquiry that matters most, instead of just an end result. My thanks go to Seth Fletcher for sharing this journey with us.
Jun 18, Rhubarboretum rated it really liked it. A well presented overview over what the black hole photo is all about, a brief view in astrophysics, and the story of Shep Doeleman, the driving force behind the event horizon project. It really translates the amazing challenge which is only partial a technological one that has been overcome to come up with an actual image. Sadly, since the book came out already in , the narrative left the room right before the finale. On the point the book ends they are still focusing mainly on sagittarius A well presented overview over what the black hole photo is all about, a brief view in astrophysics, and the story of Shep Doeleman, the driving force behind the event horizon project.
So you have to imagine the ecstasy after the tremendous success following the data analysis of the observation run. You don't have to be a full on astrophysics nerd to enjoy this documentary. The Book I though was well written. The way Fletcher was able to make you feel like you were there as a fly on the wall, to me, was a nice touch. Most of the time these books, even by journalists, tend to lean toward the academic in feel. But this was a light read and a good page turner. The way you saw how people emotions ran and how the team, especially Shep, on his struggle to get the pearl of the telescopes, ALMA, to join, was fascina The Book I though was well written.
The way you saw how people emotions ran and how the team, especially Shep, on his struggle to get the pearl of the telescopes, ALMA, to join, was fascinating. That part alone showed the cutthroat nature of academia. I would recommend this, to me its brief and concise. I would recommend this book for anyone like myself who has more than a passing interest in astrophysics. I did learn quite a bit about the theoretical aspects of black holes that I didn't know before, but on the flip side, I found the technical descriptions of radio telescopes and the like quite uninteresting in comparison.
So, overall, if you can get through all the jargon, this actually is a pretty compelling read. Feb 23, Peter Walzer rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It started off with purpose. It had a plot, a mystery to be solved, but the author meandered, and got lost because the entire quest was unfinished.
This was not the fault of the author, but he made his story about the find and there was no find. He tried to develop the characters, but could never do it. He tried to explain the complexity of big science, but he lost his way. Richard Rhodes did the job in the Making of the Atomic Bomb, but few can do this. Feb 17, Nate Greuel rated it really liked it. A neat inside look into how science gets done. If you believe probing some of the most fundamental questions about the nature of reality is both important and achievable with science, you will appreciate this story.
The ending feels a bit abrupt and unsatisfying, but only because the project is not yet complete and you want to know more! Feb 18, Ben rated it really liked it Shelves: science , space. An interesting story of how experimental physicists work. Developing, funding, and working on a project to image our galaxy central black hole. The author's long NY Times article might be enough for most people, but I especially enjoyed hearing the details of how radio astronomers set up their instruments and get data.
The physics is explained clearly, too. Dec 04, Alyssa rated it liked it. It all took place during the Vietnam War and his father was digging a bomb shelter outside, and his father became obsessed with the project, but something terrible happened. A boy that I think ended up having a mental disability wanted the boy's toy rocket, and he went to get it and the boy fell in the ditch that was going to be used for the shelter and was speared on a cast-iron foundation bar.
The boy's brother was devastated. He later found a stray dog and somehow figured out his brother's soul was in this dog, and the boy tried hitchhiking his way to Georgia to see the rockets. At one point he was taken into custody, and went on the news and eventually made it to Georgia. I also believe at one point the boys before the brother died had a secret hide out in the woods, and also at the end the dog leads the boy to the dead brother's toy in the mentally disabled boy's backyard. Thanks, -Kyle. In the early 's I had a soft cover book about 5"x7". The cover was white. It was filled with real photographs of things in the woods like toadstools, ferns, mosses, fungus, leaves.
The book described how fairies, or pixies, used these things every day. Please help me find it if you can. It had a story for every day and the stories were like tales about elfs, witches and ravens. Could you help me out? Do you have any idea of the title or autor of this book? Thank you! A young girl who lives on a ship. She fantasizes about being a princess. This book had to be from the 70's or 80's. I believe that the cover may be of a young girl laying on her bed. Possibly with her hair in two braids. In the 80's I read a book about a little girl who was made fun of by others for her big red hair, so she climbed a tree.
I remember she looked in the mirror and I think she fell out of the tree and broke her arm. I don't remember the title or the author. I am looking for a book that I believe is a Christmas book. It's about a little boy who has a blanket that he carries absolutely everywhere. It begins to fall apart and so his grandpa turns it into something smaller than a blanket and it keeps falling apart so the grandpa turns it into something else and it continues to wear out so in the very end the grandpa turns it into a handkerchief for the little boy.
I have been looking for this book for years so if anyone can help I would appreciate it greatly! My sister and I loved this book when we were little and cannot think of the name. It was illustrated and was about a little girl who had seven different outfits, and stained each one every day with different things. One day it was pink ice cream, another day it was grass stains.
Please help :. I am looking for a chapter book for children with different stories. Had a hardfront cover pink and I think a castle on the front. The first story was about two little kids who would pretend to see different things. They liked to pretend and make stories up about people that walked by. Looking for a short chapter book that I read in late 80's was about a poor brother and sister, I remember it being a dark story with a cover of girl looking sad under bridge or underpass or something.
Was my favorite book for a very long time. I used to read this book to my boys in the late 80s and would like to know what it is. Looking for a book that my grandma used to read to me in the early 90's. The only two phrases i can remember from it are: Billy goat billy goat cant but me, because i stand behind a tree! Bossy eats grass and swishes her tail, and drinks her milk from a shiny blue pail!
I think it was a hardcover book that was pretty big. Any ideas or help finding the name of this book would be greatly appreciated!!! Do anyone remember an grammar book that had a bunch of kids of various races, but two of the kids were black and there names were Debbie and Van.
I think they were brother and sister. I live in southern Louisiana One important fact for your search: Readers were issued for particular states or regions, so, for instance, a Wisconsin Bobbs Merrill edition might have a different racial mix from a Louisiana one. Good luck, write back if this doesn't help, Suzanne. I'm looking for a book, I'm not sure what it's called or who it's written by, but I remember there was a girl and she was kinda big and she had a pet anteater and she had a friend who used to wear a baseball uniform.
The drawing style was odd and I believe it was pastel colors. These books mean alot to me and I would love to find them!! I remember reading this book when I was a kid. I remember the pictures being very colorful, with somewhat thick black outlines; they resembled stained glass. In the first story, the nightingale gets a thorn stuck in her foot, and asks a barber for help.
The barber won't help her, for some reason I think that he may have said that he was too busy, but I'm not sure , and the nightingale, angered by his selfishness, asks the rajah to help her get the better of him, but he won't I remember the rajah being rather large and fat; he had a black mustache and wore a pinkish-purple suit and a turban of the same color. The nightingale then asks a mouse to nibble a hole in the rajah's belly, but he won't, then she asks a tiger to catch the mouse, but he won't. I don't remember all of what happened next, but she basically asks several other people to help but they won't, and she somehow finally convinces everyone to help her, resulting in such things as the mouse saying, "I will nibble a hole in the rajah's belly", and the rajah agreeing to get back at the barber et al.
The barber begs for mercy, and finally helps the nightingale get the thorn out of her foot. The second story I regrettably only have a vague memory of, but the nightingale was I think playing various pranks on the rajah I don't remember the reason why, but he might have given her trouble earlier , such as tricking a frog into his food, with predictable end results. I remember a picture of the rajah raging over all of the things that kept happening.
Needless to say, things are rectified between the two of them when all is said and done. I'm looking for a children's book my mom used to read to me. It contained short stories and had tools to learn how to count. The book was light purple and was probably 12" x 9" in size.
I remember the counting activity used different things to help memorization also. I remember one number had fish another was drums and there were kings. All the things had names. Example for the fish is: Fishy, dishy, pishy and squishy. The drums were something like: drum little, tum little. The kings were: kingy, clingy, ringy, dingy One of the short stories was about lightening bugs. There was also a short story about Lady Bugs. I was born in and I remember my mom reading it when I was in kindergarten that would have been in "86". Please help!
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I have searched forever and can't find this book anywhere. Im looking for a book I was given when I was in primary school, this would have been roughly What I remember of the book was a teddy bear was abandoned at a dump. He was found by a little girl one night who took him to her grannies and she fixed him up.
The story continues with the teddy finding a number of new homes, one of these being with a large family. A bit I remember was of one of the young boys on the family having a competition with one of his friends to see who could urinate the highest up a wall. The teddy is left alone in a room with other toys when the family go on holiday to I think the seaside.
Another bit I can roughly remember is the bear in some kind of shop where he is left on a high shelf, doubtful that he'll ever find a new owner. I could be completely off with that. Hope someone can help. Someone turns up at a small village perhaps in Switzerland? I don't remember them being very happy about going and I believe the children were in their early teens, because I think there was a mild hint at future romance. I would guess that the book was written in the 80s but it may have been a bit earlier or later no later than I first encountered the story on cassette tape at my local library in the UK.
I think it was set sometime between and - any help finding the book would be wonderful and very much appreciated. I had a book once, ten years plus ago, that I am trying to find again. It was a collection of children's stories with every page illustrated. Some stories included a surprise birthday party one kid planned for another, a story about witches maybe bones , a story about a boy who goes under the sea with an old man to a hidden cave and finds treasures collected over the years.
I have been unable to find this book!
Same same but different, a short story by Anne Hayden
The book I'm looking for is a book with mostly pictures and some writing, probably published between It's about a boy who falls asleep in his bed, and his dream is of him going into the woods or a forest, but he gets there by flying on his bed, which then turns into a leaf. A lot of the pictures resemble MC Escher pictures, shapes turning into something different but all connected. Thanks for your help!
Hey, when I was in class sixth i found a book in my school library that had no cover. I began reading it though could only read it till the third or fourth page and realized that it was a horror story. It started with a a very disturbing nightmare that ended with the ringing of the alarm when the protagonist wakes up. The girl who was about to attend the first day of her new school. The girl was a teenager and i don't remember her name. Then, her mom drops her off to school and she does not get a very good feeling about what she is going to do.
This is where I read the story till. And i think that the name of the story had the word 'disaster' in it, if i'm not wrong. I know this information is not enough but it would be of great help if you could help me find the name of this book because i have been waiting ever since to read it. I believe it won an award, but I may be mistaken, and I believe it was written fairly recently at least within the latter half of the previous century or in this century.
The edition I had was a fairly modern publication, the front cover depicted a red girl painted in watercolour and some blue shadow-monsters behind and above her. The plot was about a girl, orphaned or so she thought who had always had her hair cut short at the orphanage where she used to live. Through this she discovers her clumsiness was due to her hair being cut short, and that she can see in the dark when it's long. I am looking for a book my mother read to me when I was young at least 30 years ago.
It was given to her by my grandfather and it had a collection of short stories and fable type stories. I can barely remember the book except that it was supposedly for kids but too much for us to read to ourselves, it was ofa blue green dark color and I think the title was in a gold or silver, it was old then so probably from the 50's ro 60's my mother was born early fifties. One word that sticks out is 'oblong' or 'oolong'and 'blue' there were other things like king andi thinkthe oblong was not hard i texture for aome reason and there was trickery involed, there were other stories as well not all seemed dark If there was illustrations they were pencil type of pictures and not kid style of pics with colors.
It was maybe in thick. For collections of stories, go to Loganberry Books' Anthology Finder at www. The page has photos of over 40 of the most-sought anthologies, with brief descriptions of contents. Study the page, and you may spot the book you're looking for. Looking for a book from the early 's - might be a Golden Book or Wonder book, that had little flaps that you open to see the pictures behind, i.
I am trying to find two books that I read back in the 60s. The first book had to do with a child wanted her mother to get a new stove for the kitchen. I cant remember if it was for Christmas or a birthday. I thought the name of the book was "The Nickel Plated Stove". The second book was about a girl and her siblings were out in the snow and I think they were trying to get home. But I think there was riding in a buggy, carriage or wagon when it turned over.
To keep the others safe she laid over them and told the children to keep moving their hand and legs to stay warm. Eventually the children were found, but the older girl had froze to death.
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They erected a statue in her honor. Kids in Washington State order their mother a new stove for the kitchen. The second one My Father is looking for a book he read in the early 's. I am truly hoping someone can help me find this book, my father cannot find it anywhere and none of the search engines get me anywhere close to finding it. Thank You. I keep thinking the name of this book is Away in a Meadow, or Down in the Meadow, or perhaps A Cottage in the Meadow, but none of those bring anything up. Several girls live alone in a cottage in a meadow, one day they decide to have a parade.
I can still see one of the girls wearing a bucket on her head. They come across a wounded rabbit caught in a trap and nurse it back to health at home. I remember reading it when I was a very little girl in the 80's. It's a really sweet book that was lost in a house fire, and I want to read it to my daughter.
Hope you can help!! I took this book out of the library a few years ago; I remember almost everything about it except the title and the author. It was a small book of humorous food poems in the style of autograph book verse, with black line drawings It wasn't an Alan Tiegreen book. There was one poem that went something like, "How do you like your carrots? How do you like your cabbage? Slaw Slaw! How do you like your chocolate? How do you like Woodrow High! They're for the birds! It's your fault, garlic salt. Ripe and juicy!
Fit for you and fit for Lucy! Any information would be much appreciated. I am looking for what I think was a hardbound children's picture book about Christmas. I remember reading it as a child around It may have been printed as early as the s though. The illustrations were full-page and I think the text was printed in the illustrations. The story was about a little girl, who I believe lived with her Grandmother. They weren't going to have much of a Christmas.
I remember the kitchen being described as having "cheery red checked curtains. The main street is described as busy with shoppers, there are Christmas lights up everywhere, and the little girl stops to look in the windows. The little girl stops specifically at a toy store window where she sees a lovely doll that she wants. I think it was dressed in pink. The little girl wants the doll, but it is taken out of the window.
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