Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Einstein's Monsters

I ordinarily save up my reading recommendations for a year-end summary, but (a) these aren't ordinary times and (2) the book I finished last night was most noteworthy.

The book? Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes (2018), by Brit astronomer and science popularizer Chris Impey. It integrates a wealth of fascinating material about general relativity, black holes large and small, cosmology, assorted multiverse theories, gravitational-wave observatories, and astronomy in general. And if your appetite ends up whetted, the book provides copious pointers to further reading.

So ...  you're in the market for distraction as you shelter in place from COVID-19 -- especially if physics, astronomy, or the Really Big Picture is your cup of tea -- you might want to check out (here's an Amazon link) Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes

Monday, March 2, 2020

Sherlock #4: The Final Problem

Grantville Gazette readers ... did you enjoy January's "The Adventure of the Meat Interpreter"? (A rhetorical question, of course. That said, I'm always happy -- should anyone feel so inclined -- to get feedback.)

Presuming that you answered yes, you'll be interested to know that "Sherlock" returns in TGG's March issue in his most challenging case yet: "The Final Problem."

 It turns out that I posted eight years ago, in a very different context, about Conan Doyles's own "The Final Problem." Have a look at that mention -- if you're curious -- in "Tell, Don't Show?"