Library Book Club – Sunday June 18, 3-4 p.m.

The Library Book Club selection for June 2017 is Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin.

Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion on Sunday, June 18, from 3:00 – 4:00 in the library meeting room.

The essence of black holes is their darkness. When they collide, they will do so unilluminated. Yet the black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the origin of the universe. The profusion of energy emanates as waves in the shape of spacetime: gravitational waves. The only evidence is the sound of spacetime ringing. In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves. One century later, we are recording the first sounds from space, the soundtrack to accompany astronomy’s silent movie. In this book Janna Levin recounts the fascinating story of the obsessions, aspirations and trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous endeavor to capture these elusive waves. The experimental ambition began 50 years ago as an amusing thought experiment, a mad idea, and it became the object of fixation for Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne and Ron Drever. Striving to make the ambition a reality, they gradually accumulated an international team of hundreds. As this book was written, two massive instruments of remarkably delicate sensitivity were brought to advanced capability. As the book draws to a close the team races to intercept a wisp of sound, hoping to succeed in time for centenary of Einstein’s most radical idea. Janna Levin’s absorbing account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements and risks in this unfolding story offers a portrait of modern science that is unlike anything we’ve seen before. –

Upcoming selections:

July 16:  Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey

For more information about the Book Club, call Tania Hajjar at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).