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#1 brentknight

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Posted 01 September 2020 - 08:27 PM

I just picked this one up at BAM.  Looks like a nice history of what observational astronomers do.

 

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Posted 01 September 2020 - 08:58 PM

Thanks! I just read the 1st few pp. and then ordered the hard-cover. I buy a lot of books and read them all.    Tom


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Posted 01 September 2020 - 09:45 PM

Excellent Brent, thank you.

 

I love books like this.

 

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Posted 01 September 2020 - 09:47 PM

Thanks Brent, I just picked it up. It would be interesting to share parts we found interesting or that we would like to discuss further in this thread.


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Posted 01 September 2020 - 10:14 PM

I saw a YouTube video of the author talking about some of this stuff. Check that out as well. She seems very enthusiastic and I'm looking forward to getting a little deeper into the book soon.
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Posted 02 September 2020 - 12:55 AM

I saw a YouTube video of the author talking about some of this stuff. Check that out as well. She seems very enthusiastic and I'm looking forward to getting a little deeper into the book soon.

 

Thanks for the heads up about this book! waytogo.gif

 

I found this on YouTube:

 

The Last Stargazers | Emily Levesque | TEDxBerkeley

TEDx Talks | Mar 14, 2020

https://www.youtube....h?v=DGfBzkCay5M

 

Emily Levesque is an astronomer, professor, and author whose research is focused on understanding how the most massive stars in the universe evolve and die. In 2014 she led a research group in discovering a completely new type of star known as a Thorne-Zytkow object, a luminous star supported by a dead stellar core that had been predicted by stellar theory nearly forty years earlier but never observed. In 2014 Emily was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Prize by the American Astronomical Society. ...  Emily's upcoming popular science book, "The Last Stargazers" shares some of the many incredible stories behind what it’s like to work at a telescope and will be published by Sourcebooks in August of 2020.

 

It's an excellent video! I purchased the book right after watching the video. grin.gif

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif

 

 

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https://twitter.com/emsque

https://thelaststargazers.com/

 


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 01:06 AM

Thanks Brent, I just picked it up. It would be interesting to share parts we found interesting or that we would like to discuss further in this thread.

That sounds like an excellent idea to me...


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 03:33 AM

This video isn't about the book but I think it provides some great background and insight about the author. I thought some here might enjoy it. 

 

 

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Emily Levesque Public Lecture: The Weirdest Stars in the Universe

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics | uploaded to YouTube on Mar 8, 2018

https://www.youtube....h?v=YR-l0b2iYy0

 

In her March 7 public lecture at Perimeter Institute, Emily Levesque discusses the history of stellar astronomy, present-day observing techniques and exciting new discoveries, and explores some of the most puzzling and bizarre objects being studied by astronomers today.

 

 

The video is about one hour in length. I'm not the type of person that relishes the thought of sitting through an hour long lecture but, once I started watching it, I simply couldn't stop watching this video. The host says to her at the end of the video, "Your excitement, passion for astronomy is infectious." I very much agree. waytogo.gif

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif

 


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 08:01 AM

Thanks! Looks like a fun read.


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 09:04 AM

I'll check and see if the local indie store can order this. cool.gif


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 10:35 AM

I'll check and see if the local indie store can order this. cool.gif

Can't hate Amazon for doing what we asked them to, but I try to purchase local whenever I can.  I hope they can get the book for you...


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Posted 02 September 2020 - 11:33 AM

Can't hate Amazon for doing what we asked them to, but I try to purchase local whenever I can.  I hope they can get the book for you...

I'm certainly no Amazon-hater. Without them, the indie publishing scene of which I'm a part would exist in such a vastly reduced form that it wouldn't be worth the trouble. But the local indie store sells paperbacks of what I write locally, so I try to repay the compliment. So far, they've yet to fail when I look to obtain a new release. 


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Posted 05 September 2020 - 05:27 PM

I just finished reading this book, great book, I enjoyed it very much! 


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Posted 05 September 2020 - 06:46 PM

I've got one in front of this one to finish first.


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Posted 06 September 2020 - 10:37 AM

Very interesting lady, will buy her book and follow her on twitter.


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Posted 06 September 2020 - 10:55 AM

Just purchased!


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 10:15 AM

The local indie store was indeed able to order this one, so a copy will soon be in the to-be-read stack.

 

Checking on this one, I stumbled over news of a new release by C.J. Cherryh, one of my favorite science fiction authors. Instantly double the amount I spent. Dangerous business, book shopping.


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Posted 12 September 2020 - 07:25 PM

What a wonderful Ted Talk, and a *fantastic* storyteller!

 

I'm buying her book right now.

 

Thanks for the heads up about this book! waytogo.gif

 

I found this on YouTube:

 

The Last Stargazers | Emily Levesque | TEDxBerkeley

TEDx Talks | Mar 14, 2020

https://www.youtube....h?v=DGfBzkCay5M

 

Emily Levesque is an astronomer, professor, and author whose research is focused on understanding how the most massive stars in the universe evolve and die. In 2014 she led a research group in discovering a completely new type of star known as a Thorne-Zytkow object, a luminous star supported by a dead stellar core that had been predicted by stellar theory nearly forty years earlier but never observed. In 2014 Emily was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Prize by the American Astronomical Society. ...  Emily's upcoming popular science book, "The Last Stargazers" shares some of the many incredible stories behind what it’s like to work at a telescope and will be published by Sourcebooks in August of 2020.

 

It's an excellent video! I purchased the book right after watching the video. grin.gif

 

Cheers! Bob F. smile.gif

 

 

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Emily Levesque

https://twitter.com/emsque

https://thelaststargazers.com/


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Posted 13 September 2020 - 06:56 PM

Just read your post and went to Amazon 5 minutes ago to read the reviews of this book. Saw the Kindle price for $0.00 and one click "bought" it. Now on my Kindle for free. Refreshed the page and the price jumped to $8.00 something. Received my invoice and confirmed the item was free. Go figure!


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Posted 13 September 2020 - 07:13 PM

I’m on the second chapter now and got a thrill from her experience using an eyepiece on the tiny 1 meter telescope in Chili. She was observing Eta Carina...


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 07:37 AM

UPDATE ON FREE KINDLE BOOK FROM AMAZON.

 

Though it purported the book "The Last Stargazers" Kindle Book price was $0.00 when I opened the book to read they only gave me Chapter Three! This was NOT a Sample. I have never seen Amazon do this before and I purchase many Kindle books for the past 12 years or more. Amazon is deceitful so beware.

 

From here on out I will purchase hardcopy from the publisher. Amazon's new Kindle book return policy has also changed recently in which YOU buy it, you cannot return it. This makes it very difficult. Great majority of the time one can only sample the Table of Contents and the Introduction. Many times the Table of Contents are not included and the cost of these Kindle Books are prohibitive and you cannot sell them to your friends when you are finished reading them. Like Microsoft you have a license to READ them, not own them.

 

Goodbye to Amazon


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 02:28 PM

Just got word from that local indie store. They were able to obtain a copy and it's ready to be picked up. May have to read this one out of turn. cool.gif


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 06:10 PM

Hi Tom,

 

I live south of Tucson. What is a local indie store? Are you talking about Starizona?

 

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 06:39 PM

I just picked this one up at BAM.  Looks like a nice history of what observational astronomers do.

 

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Thanks for sharing this.  I plan on getting it.

 

Also recommend Seeing in the Dark by Timothy Ferris.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 09:13 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I plan on getting it.

Also recommend Seeing in the Dark by Timothy Ferris.


Welcome. Seeing in the Dark is on my list. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos too. So many books...so little time.
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