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Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: The Age of Wonder

Sunday, November 18, 2012 | Other Dates  
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Are you interested in exploring the vast mysteries of the cosmos, understanding human evolutionary history or talking about the long-term future of the planet earth? These topics and more will be discussed in Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, a book club that reads and discusses popular science books published within the last five years.

Join us for a discussion of The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes. From expeditions to Tahiti and Timbuktu to hilarious hot air balloon experiments, from celestial discoveries to tests of nitrous oxide and methane, Holmes conveys the scientific fervor in Britain in the late 1700s. Writers join the craze, with Keats and Coleridge incorporating discoveries into their verses. Frankenstein also makes an appearance.

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Event fee: Free
Location:
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact:
Rita
412.622.3151
newandfeatured@carnegielibrary.org


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