Dispatches from Planet 3:
Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond
This event includes a book signing
October 17, 2018
Harvard Science Center
Hall D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
This event is free; no tickets are required.
The Harvard Division of Science, the Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store welcome award-winning author, journalist, and MIT professor MARCIA BARTUSIAK for a discussion of her latest book, Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond.
About Dispatches from Planet 3
The galaxy, the multiverse, and the history of astronomy are explored in this engaging compilation of cosmological “tales” by multiple award‑winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak. In thirty‑two concise and engrossing essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries. Bartusiak shares the back stories for many momentous astronomical discoveries, including the contributions of such pioneers as Beatrice Tinsley and her groundbreaking research in galactic evolution, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the scientist who first discovered radio pulsars. An endlessly fascinating collection that you can dip into in any order, these pieces will transport you to ancient Mars, when water flowed freely across its surface; to the collision of two black holes, a cosmological event that released fifty times more energy than was radiating from every star in the universe; and to the beginning of time itself.
"A fascinating compendium of essays on what scientists currently think the cosmos is like, and on the road to achieving those insights. Bartusiak takes the reader on a breathtaking journey from our familiar solar system to the speculative multiverse and from the beginning of time to the nature of time." —Mario Livio, author of Brilliant Blunders and Why?
“There is no better guide to the cosmos than Marcia Bartusiak. Here she offers a tour of the heavens that is refreshingly down-to-earth, revealing not only the mysteries of the universe but also the inspiring people who brought those secrets to light." —David Baron, author of American Eclipse
“An intriguing look at the sky from a top-class science journalist who has always been attuned to the most recent advancements of research.” —Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
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