I learned to hold so still that the motion sensor judged the room unoccupied, and the lights switched off automatically. Today's poem happened to be by Philip Larkin. The play I wrote about Copernicus’s campaign for the heliocentric worldview took its title from the Bible, on ocean trials, but it had not gone anywhere s. when the Admiralty lent it to the U. S. Naval Observatory. Once in a while the ideal title will spring to a writer’s mind right along with the initial idea. The list of "a" words, read aloud, sounds a little like a Latin conjugation: alas, alight, allot, allow, amass, apace, avow . Other authors have spoken freely of the universe in terms of “unveiling” it, “measuring” it, putting it “in a nutshell” or “in your hand.” Their titles describe the universe variously as “elegant,” “crowded,” “extravagant,” “accidental,” “4-percent,” and more. It was the kind of coincidence that opens a rational person such as myself to mystic possibilities. Mingbo was translating purely for the love of books. In a composition notebook with alphabet tabs, I entered words that might call attention to themselves, along with the numbers of the chapters in which they appeared. I fared much better with questions about the chronometer story. He told me he's currently learning Mandarin, successfully retaining myriad new sounds and symbols. For technical questions or comments about WPR’s website, streaming or other digital media products, please use our Website Feedback form. Complement it with the story of the black women mathematicians of NASA and this illustrated homage to women in science, then revisit the story of how astronomer Jocelyn Bell earned the exclamation “Miss Bell, you have made the greatest astronomical discovery of the twentieth century.”. That was bad for Hou Yi and his wife. Whereas before I had only to look back at my own book to answer his questions, I now had to return also to the references I’d consulted in my research. In and under the headline, "THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON," the ad's text referred twice to an outpost that only right-stuff crews have seen "with their own eyes.". I wasn’t sure which pleased me more—having Mingbo’s valuable assistance, or having awakened in him an interest in planetary science. It chronicles the amazing stories of women working at the Observatory as early as the late 19th century. survive a very long time, or for one person to become immortal. Curie's philosophy today, without comment on her use of the word disinterested to mean free from selfish motives, not lack of curiosity: "Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. . “There are no other Everglades in the world,” she wrote. heaven. In addition to the interaction with truly motivated students, I enjoy my friendships with a few faculty members and the physical beauty of the campus, including Paradise Pond. The publication of a new work by Harvard cosmologist Lisa Randall, called. Anna Draper and Catherine Wolfe Bruce belong to a vast constellation of “matronage” — there are, perhaps most famously, the women of the Medici family, one of whom was instrumental in Galileo’s life; there is Gertrude Stein, who helped the stars of creative visionaries like Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald rise; there is Nadezhda von Meck, without whom there would be no Tchaikovsky. It doesn’t really go in depth into the mathematics involved in QM. “They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the Earth, remote, never wholly known. The spacecraft had recently been awakened from hibernation to perform a slight course correction. I couldn’t stand it. She flew, toward the heaven but felt shameful to have left, Hou Yi behind, so she went to the Moon palace. But the same cannot be said for the rest of any month. Between 1989 and 2004, Brian Lamb hosted the weekly C-SPAN television show "Booknotes," in which he spent an hour interviewing an author about one book. We then perceived on all sides the feebly luminous silhouettes of the bottles or capsules containing our products. Since “one comet is so much like another,” he asserted “that the work which really occupies the attention of the astronomer is less the discovery of new things than the elaboration of those already known, and the entire systematization of our knowledge.”. I toyed with “Imaginary Lines” and other euphemisms before conceding that no other title would suit. In 2020, I spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars keeping Brain Pickings going. Please forgive me if I sound fault-finding. The most surprising question Mr. Lamb posed concerned the year of my father's death. You can beam some bit-love my way: 197usDS6AsL9wDKxtGM6xaWjmR5ejgqem7. By the end of its first year (of many, I hope), Meter will have showcased the works of a Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics, and the current national Poet Laureate of the UK. We resumed our back-and-forth routine with the familiarity of old friends. I spent most of May through August writing my own book about the female "computers" of the Harvard College Observatory, The Glass Universe, which I hope to finish by the publisher's November deadline. That word literally means a board taken as a shield to receive the attack of arrows, and implies something like a scapegoat or a forced protector. He kissed her on the cheek. The phrase “glass universe” may evoke the ancient notion of crystalline celestial spheres, but I use it to describe Harvard’s incomparable collection of half a million glass photographic plates, taken with cameras attached to telescopes, in a century-long effort to catalogue the entire content of the cosmos. They are the country’s newest river, surging forward, rising. Simon Newcomb, author of the article that had aroused Miss Bruce’s indignation, became one of the first five scientists in the United States to receive her support. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award That was bad for Hou Yi and his wife, because now they would be mortal like ordinary people. I would have experienced a much bigger, much better thrill by struggling part-way through the puzzle, then suddenly realizing I could fill in the first letter of every clue. As the sender was someone I knew only passing well, and to whom I had never disclosed my puzzle mania, the message spilled the surprise. The book is not just a celebration of nature but a detailed chronicle, from the lethal skirmishes between Native Americans and European settlers in the Glades to the later struggles of the wetlands wildlife against the onslaught of dams, drainage and drought. The Glass Castle Questions and Answers - Discover the eNotes.com community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on The Glass … While it's true I was raised Jewish in the Bronx, my ongoing association with the sisters has proved a continuing source of joy. Mr. Lamb steered the discussion back to my mention of "dance competition" and ballroom dancing in general. Beginning in the late-1800s, women were employed by … She was at work on a novel about 17th century naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, and took the opportunity to write a poem about her. On May 11, 1906 — just four days before her forty-ninth birthday — she received “perhaps the most pleasant shock of her life,” as Sobel aptly puts it: Fleming was elected honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society — an institution far ahead of its time in recognizing women’s scientific work. Long before Nikola Tesla proclaimed that technology would unleash women’s true potential, Pickering saw an opportunity to involve smart, skilled women in making use of new astrophotography technology and championed that vision fiercely. After all, he built them as prototypes, and hoped the best design would multiply to occupy every vessel in the Royal Navy. The line they make is an edge of velvet against the infinite blue, the blue-and-white, the clear fine primrose yellow, the burning brass and crimson, the molten silver, the deepening hyacinth sky.”. Two contemporary World War II novels could not coexist with the number 18 in both titles. By 1890, Fleming had singlehandedly classified the spectra of ten thousand stars and published the findings in the tome The Draper Catalogue of Stellar Spectra, all four hundred pages of which she herself had meticulously proofread. As the project developed into a mash-up of popular culture and current astronomy, I came up with “How the Planets Came to Earth.” The publisher strongly preferred “The Planets.” Rather than try to defend my title, I struck a bargain: I said I would go along with the predictable, pedestrian “The Planets” in exchange for a radical subtitle, namely no subtitle. A Penguin paperback edition followed in 2017. When New Horizons wakes up for a trajectory correction or instrument test, the bear is propped into a sitting position and dons his party hat. She protested that it was “only about an inch long.” The Everglades, on the other hand, were somehow connected to the Miami River, and would no doubt make a richer story. The Suns were depicted as the sons of the heaven emperor (some kinds of thunderbirds). Mine is made of glass. Biblical passages are fair game in book titles, even for books with scant religious content. Without doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. No one requires them to wear green, of course, but they are expressly forbidden to wear red, the color of danger. Garrison Keillor saluted Mme. Yesterday, as I finished reading the current issue of New Scientist, I turned over the last page and was struck by a watch advertisement on the back cover. “The water moves,” she wrote. This book was translated and published by another company in 2000, but it turns out to be not very satisfactory, so I was asked to redo the translation. Producer Stephanie Carter interviewed me as a “talking head” in the library at Columbia University, where I got to fondle and page through a bona fide copy of the volume. A memoir is a work of nonfiction that focuses on a specific period in the author's life. Surely his optimistic enthusiasm provided an antidote to the disquieting article she had recently read by astronomer Simon Newcomb, director of the U.S. Nautical Almanac Office and professor at the Johns Hopkins University. In the early days of sail, mariners had no accurate means of determining their position at sea. A path that runs from campus around the pond and along a good stretch of the river provides the ideal hour-long daily walk. Indeed, according to the ad copy, earlier iterations of this very model, an Omega Speedmaster chronometer, were worn by members of the Apollo missions. Then I wrote to my American editor, and informed her of the correction that would have to be made in subsequent editions. Until now, I have never assumed the word universe in a book title. A few weeks ago the university's oral historians asked me to recall my experience on the program. Most times, moonstruck earthlings can easily see our satellite's dark side without benefit of a rocket ship or even a telescope. And, because 2014 marks the fiftieth year of the Washburn prize, named for the Museum's beloved founding director, two additional winners were also fêted at the October 23 event: three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, now the U. N. Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and Richard Saul Wurman, creator of the TED conference. At the Harvard Observatory, a devoted team of female amateur astronomers — “amateur” being a reflection not of their skill but of the dearth of academic accreditation available to women at the time — was coming together around an unprecedented quest to catalog the cosmos by classifying the stars and their spectra. Determined to memorialize her husband’s legacy and advance further research through astrophotography, which revealed stars invisible through even the most advanced telescopes, she gave Pickering a check for $1,000 on February 20, 1886, equivalent to more than $25,000 today — the first of numerous installments. As the text went to copy-editing and design, however, concern arose that the title smacked of “chick book.” Fortunately for me, no one in the publishing house or literary agency could come up with an acceptable alternative, and the original stuck. It turned out to be me.”, “I admire your patriotism,” he replied, “but it leaves us a little short-handed.”. I like to think Harrison would be pleased with the replicas of his sea clocks. But, fortunately for me, the book’s continuing popularity had led to a tenth-anniversary edition in 2005, with a foreword by astronaut Neil Armstrong, and this new edition was enjoying a new round of attention from international publishers. The Glass Universe Quotes Showing 1-1 of 1 “To have done work which is widely recognized, to have gained the sincere esteem of many and the real love of even a few, surely these are sufficient reasons to look on life as well worth the living.” But shortly before the book’s release, his publisher summoned him to a meeting where “people were sitting around the room with their chins on the floor,” stunned by news of a new book by Leon Uris, the celebrated author of Exodus, called Mila 18. This morning, for example, I learned that the late Philip Larkin held a job as a librarian for most of his adult life, and wrote poetry in the evening, "after dinner and the dishes." I indeed disguised as one when I was active in a cyberspace forum, and caused myself some embarrassing troubles :). The report stated that the name “Chang’e” referred to the Chinese goddess of the Moon. No other translator, from any country, had ever tried to engage me this way. Professor Newcomb predicted that no exciting astronomical finds would turn up in the near or even the distant future. The ladies’ research reports, letters, and diaries describe their long wait for the right to vote, let alone title or advancement in their field. “While we cannot maintain that in everything a woman is man’s equal,” Mrs. Fleming averred in her [National American Woman Suffrage Association presentation], “yet in many things her patience, perseverance and method make her his superior. I have no staff, no interns, not even an assistant — a thoroughly one-woman labor of love that is also my life and my livelihood. Pickering evaluated the proposals and Miss Bruce approved his recommendation in time for a November selection of the winners. Her husband, Hou Yi, is said to be a super-hero, who shot down. Galileo’s books, which were both famous and infamous in his lifetime, have since become valuable collector’s items. In a recent re-reading of E. M. Forester’s classic, A Room With a View, I found the blue and violet hues celebrated beautifully: I am slow to acknowledge the relocation of the traveling time exhibition, "Ships, Clocks & Stars," from Washington's Folger Library to the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, where it re-opened on September 18. During that time, Mingbo earned his doctoral degree from Neil Armstrong’s alma mater, Purdue University, in Indiana, where his daughter was born in 2001. The incoming first-year students have been asked to read The Collapse of Western Civilization by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, a book I assigned as required reading for my science-writing class last semester. Sobel, who takes on the role of rigorous reporter and storyteller bent on preserving the unvarnished historical integrity of the story, paints the backdrop: A little piece of heaven. The book was “Galileo’s Daughter” from the proposal through the first draft and the greatly revised second draft. It's also notable to say that Watchmen's God-Like being, Doctor Manhattan, has been heavily implied to have created the original DC Universe and occasionally tampers with it, following the events of Watchmen. But my second thought was regret that the bloodshed of Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida had tied the name Marjory Stoneman Douglas to the violent deaths of teenagers and teachers. During the years I worked on my book about the planets of the solar system, I needed some way to refer to the work-in-progress, and landed by default on “The Planets” as a working title. I salute him for that, as well as for creating a time capsule of the country's reading tastes at the turn of the current century. The light and the hot wind seemed whiter and hotter for the figure of Sarah McDevitt in her mourning.”. Your support makes all the difference. 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