Virtual Event: Janna Levin
Black Hole Survival Guide
November 10, 2020
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome JANNA LEVIN—a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College and author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space—for a discussion of her latest book, Black Hole Survival Guide.
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About Black Hole Survival Guide
Through her writing, astrophysicist Janna Levin has focused on making the science she studies not just comprehensible but also, and perhaps more important, intriguing to the nonscientist. In this book, she helps us to understand and find delight in the black hole—perhaps the most opaque theoretical construct ever imagined by physicists—illustrated with original artwork by American painter and photographer Lia Halloran. Levin takes us on an evocative exploration of black holes, provoking us to imagine the visceral experience of a black hole encounter. She reveals the influence of black holes as they populate the universe, sculpt galaxies, and even infuse the whole expanse of reality that we inhabit. Lively, engaging, and utterly unique, Black Hole Survival Guide is not just informative—it is, as well, a wonderful read from first to last.
Praise for Black Hole Survival Guide
"Vivid . . . Readers couldn’t hope for a more fascinating intro to a family of cosmic objects whose existence promises still more wonders to be discovered." —Publishers Weekly
"A short, lively account of one of the oddest and most intriguing topics in astrophysics." —Kirkus Reviews
"Armchair astronomers will find this a fascinating and illuminating read." —Booklist
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