The Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For more information contact Hilton at: email@example.com.
Strictly speaking, this is not a “book group,” since we devote the first Wednesday of each month to discussion of current news events, and, on the other evenings, discussions tend to be wide-ranging, centered about, but not exclusively about, the chosen book. The word “group” is often used but does not imply that you have to join formally in any sense. Visitors are welcome. Just show up—the more the merrier!
The current book we are reading is “First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe” by Richard Preston
“the best popular account of astronomy in action,” Today’s astronomers are world-class gadgeteers who scurry about giant (and often frigid) observatories tinkering with the mechanical and electronic tools of their trade. In First Light, they tangle with the Hale Telescope, one of the world’s oldest and largest. This beautifully written book is highly recommended for anybody interested in astronomy.
About the Author
Richard Preston is the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and the novel The Cobra Event. A writer for The New Yorker since 1985, Preston is the only nondoctor to have received the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention Award. He also holds an award from the American Institute of Physics. Preston lives outside of New York City.
Seven years before Richard Preston wrote about horrifying viruses in The Hot Zone, he turned his attention to the cosmos. In First Light, he demonstrates his gift for creating an exciting and absorbing narrative around a complex scientific subject–in this case the efforts by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California to peer to the farthest edges of space through the Hale Telescope, attempting to solve the riddle of the creation of the universe.
11 Apr — “Forward”, and Part 1“Big Eye”, Pages xi to xvi and 1 to 61, about 68 pages over two weeks.
18 Apr — A portion of Part 2 (about half) “The Shoemaker Comets” stopping at the break containing the phrase: “Gene’s father, George Shoemaker, bought a farm in the 1930s …….”, Approx. Pages 66 to 100, about 44 pages. This book has long “Parts”. We are splitting some of them up.
25 Apr — A portion of Part 2 (last half) “The Shoemaker Comets” stopping at the break containing the phrase: “Gene’s father, George Shoemaker, bought a farm in the 1930s …….”, Approx. Pages 100 to 133, about 34 pages. This book has long “Parts”. We are splitting some of them up.
2 May — Freethought Open Discussion Night. Bring along topics you would like to discuss. Open to all.
9 May — Start of Part 3, “Gadgeteers” up to the Section that Starts with a large “J” as Jim Gunn and Don Schnieder were working in the data room”. This is from page 134 to page 177, about 43 pages. This book has long “Sections”, and we will be reading a portion of them each time.
16 May — End of Part 3, “Gadgeteers” after the Section that Starts with a large “J” as Jim Gunn and Don Schnieder were working in the data room” around page 177 to the end of Part 3. This is about from page 177 to page 212, about 54 pages. This book has long “Sections”, and we will be reading a portion of them each time.
23 May — All of Part 4, “Discoveries” around page 214 to 264. This is about 51 pages. This is the largest number of pages so far, and will complete our reading of this book.
Note: We will be selecting a new Book at the 23 May meeting, since we will have finished the current book. The formal reading list is available for you to review. You may also send an email to me indicating your proxy votes by noon on the 22nd of May. If you can’t attend the meeting, send an email requesting the “Book List”, and I can send you one to firstname.lastname@example.org.