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  1. says:

    For those who like their holes black and their legends updated.


  2. says:

    Well, it looks like Einstein knew what he was talking about, after all, begins an article published just over a week ago on the popular tech blog Engadget The subject of the article is the recently concluded Gravity Probe B mission, which was carried out by NASA for six years to test the general theory of relativity described by Albert Einstein The blog post, although considerably simplified, is still redolent of astrophysical jargon But it is unequivocal in reporting that the results of the experiment, aside from confirming that Einstein was smart, back up the propositions of the famous scientist with the famous unkempt hair There is, the GP B experiment concludes, a possibility of gravitational space time dilation It s one of the ambitious concerns of rocket science, and here finally is a significant avowal of its plausibility But if it sounds abstruse, it s because it is Fortunately there are such scientists as Michio Kaku and Brian Greene, academics known as popularizers, who make efforts to enable the general public to comprehend through literature the perplexing, and often intriguing, aspects of theoretical physics In fact, the latter professor, the author of the enticingly titled cosmology books The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, has written a book that memorably illustrates gravitational space time dilation itself Vastly different from Greene s previous nonfiction bestsellers, the book is a recycling of the myth of Icarus It s called Icarus at the Edge of Time, and it s a board book ostensibly with a charming children s story inside The story can be charming at points, what with its awe inspiring backdrop of stars, nebulae, and other celestial objects appearing in high resolution photographs captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and adapted for the book by renowned designer Chip Kidd, but it s a children s story only in its format, length, and face value appeal.The story revolves around Icarus, a fourteen year old boy aboard the Proxima, a starship on a course to arrive at a distant planet believed to be home to intelligent life Spanning numerous lightyears, the journey requires many generations of families to complete, and the weight of the realization that born as he was on the Proxima he is also to die there is not lost on Icarus So, when the interstellar vehicle is projected to come near an uncharted black hole, he sees it as an opportunity to be someone to be than just a link in a chain stretching from an Earth he d never walked to an alien planet he d never see No one in history had ever explored a black hole Icarus is well aware of the immense power of a black hole that it possesses a gravitational pull so great that even light can t escape it but ignorant of the breathless warnings of his father presumably named Daedalus and confident in his ability to control his special micro warp drive engine which he himself precociously designed , he nevertheless proceeds towards the sinister supermass and prepares to steer his craft away from it before he crosses the event horizon or the point of no return The Proxima has been hurtling through space for nearly a hundred years, he reasons, And now, finally, we come upon something spectacular and unexpected and we re not even going to try to explore it In the Greek myth, Icarus, exhilarated with high altitude, forgets his father s warning about flying too close to the sun, the wax that s holding the feathers on his ersatz wings melts, and, finally, Icarus plummets to his death In Greene s futuristic retelling, Icarus meets an unexpected but not altogether different sort of undoing The spacefaring Icarus is poised to turn away from the black hole just in the nick of time, but overcome by hubris he forgets to include in his navigation calculations an important variable inherent in the manifold he occupies time itself His tragic fate is a sharp consideration of one of the many trajectories of Einstein s prescience He suffers a different kind of death, but ultimately he looks forward to an entirely new lease in life Like the best science fiction, Icarus at the Edge of Time is a cautionary tale the last paragraph of the book says so of Icarus s daring expedition , but exactly what about is not immediately apparent, given an ending far removed from that of the story s inspiration Perhaps it s simply about insubordination or, on a ponderous level, about the high cost of knowledge or, still ponderous, the value of time Maybe it s all of these at once Maybe, than a merging of classical myth and scientific theory, Icarus at the Edge of Time is a pithy remark on the tentativeness of one s thoughts and the permanence of one s actions, on being lost in space and time, on living in the here and now Originally posted on Fully Booked.Me.


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    This book has the look and feel and heft of a very large board book At first it felt and appeared rather strange to me, but it worked for these photos and story.There is some real scientific information in this book, about black holes and actual impressive photos taken via NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope.The story about this Icarus is that he gets, not too close to the sun, but too close to a black hole I thought it started off kind of campy, but it won me over and I ended up enjoying it It was a reasonably good speculative fiction short story with lots of factual astronomical information It was sad but also really uplifting it has an optimistic outlook.


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    Every time I shelve books at a certain library branch, my shoulder hits this oversize book It s bright and colorful, but I m always too busy to pull it off the shelf and look Today I made the time Based on the Greek Myth of Icarus, but set during a futuristic space exploration, this book is stellar excuse the pun Not only, as you read this cautionary legend, are you educated in the in the mysteries of black holes and the importance of listening to your parents, but you will enjoy glittering pictures of galaxies and nebulas that will stir your inner scientist and inspire your soul.


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    This is a very cool mix of mythology, science fiction, and science, all in a board book for children It s the story of Icarus, who doesn t fly too close to the sun in this version, but rather the edge of a black hole He is a member of the Proxima s crew, and the families on this ship have left Earth to find other life in the galaxy, knowing that generations will be born and die on their ship before they reach their destination Icarus is a few generations in and wants to be something than a link in a chain, so he ventures out into space and circles the edge of black hole, only to suffer an unusual fate.This book uses pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope as a backdrop to a fairly short story A scientific explanation and theories finish up the story The book is a little misleading I tend to think of board books as for very young children, but I think the story will appeal to mid and upper elementary school kids.


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    An interesting and creative take on the myth of Icarus and Daedalus, this science fiction story has a secret science lesson imbedded in its pages Children will be impressed by the time sink of a black hole and the beautiful pictures of nebulas and galaxies at the back The illustrations themselves are less impressive The first pictures are pretty but they some are low resolution undoubtedly due to the distances involved and as the book proceeds, increasingly obscured by a big black hole I don t think this works as a picture book as I don t think the similar and repetitious pictures would keep the interest of a younger child and the text is too small and complicated to follow along More than that, the presentation of the text is ugly Overall, the book is a great concept and idea but not as well executed as it could have been.


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    While this book is very pretty to look at on some level, it s also very frustrating to have beautiful images covered with an black dot that increases in size with every turn of the page Interesting concept for a book, but the execution could have been much better.Also, this is a coffee table book, not a novel like The Elegant Universe, which is coming up soon on my to read list, and I m very much looking forward to Stick to the physics, Brian, let the artists do the coffee table books.


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    This is a beautiful futuristic retelling of the story of Icarus and Daedalus, set on a ship that left Earth to find life in the galaxy Icarus, an overly confident child genuis born on the expedition, flies too close to the edge of a black hole, rather than the sun of the classic myth Physics professor Brian Greene tells the story and discusses the concept of time slowing near a black hole through stunning photographs of stars, nebulas, and supernovas It was easy enough to read with my second grader, but beautiful and thought provoking enough for an adult to appreciate This is a wonderful blend of myth, science fiction, physics, and art


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    Greene, best known as the theoretical physicist that wrote The Elegant Universe, wrote this board book for all ages as a cosmic retelling of the Icarus fable Filled with stunning imagery of celestial phenomenon, it s also filled with some basic tenets of outer space physics as plot points.I was drawn to the book as it sat several shelves away at the library tonight It s visually very interesting It took only a few minutes to read The language is quite evocative as Greene s language tends to be , though the narrative doesn t always flow seamlessly It s a beautiful, eerie, chilling experience of a book.


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    This is a book in a class by itself It s large 12x9 inches , and on board pages Really it s a short story retelling of the ancient Icarus myth, in a space travel black hole science context Illustrated by NASA space photos.Really, really unique It s a quick read, and very worth it Explains some facts about black hole science, but is a very engaging story of human error.


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