Download Icarus at the Edge of Time ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free

Brian Greene ç 5 Download

S provided by NASA and the Hubble Space telescope and printed on board rather than pape This is a very cool mix of mythology science fiction and science a

Free read Icarus at the Edge of Time

Icarus at the Edge of Time

A futuristic reimaging of the classic Greek myth as a boy ventures through deep space a For those who like their holes black and their legends updated

Free download ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Brian Greene

Nd challenges the awesome power of black holes The beauty of the book lies in the image An interesting and creative take on the myth of Icarus and Daedalu


10 thoughts on “Icarus at the Edge of Time

  1. says:

    For those who like their holes black and their legends updated


  2. says:

    Well it looks like Einstein knew what he was talking about after all begins an article published just over a week ago on the popular tech blog Engadget The subject of the article is the recently concluded Gravity Probe B mission which was carried out by NASA for six years to test the general theory of relativity described by Albert Einstein The blog post although considerably simplified is still redolent of astrophysical jargon But it is uneuivocal in reporting that the results of the experiment aside from confirming that Einstein was smart back up the propositions of the famous scientist with the famous unkempt hair There is the GP B experiment concludes a possibility of gravitational space time dilation It's one of the ambitious concerns of rocket science and here finally is a significant avowal of its plausibility But if it sounds abstruse it's because it is Fortunately there are such scientists as Michio Kaku and Brian Greene academics known as popularizers who make efforts to enable the general public to comprehend through literature the perplexing and often intriguing aspects of theoretical physics In fact the latter professor the author of the enticingly titled cosmology books The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos has written a book that memorably illustrates gravitational space time dilation itself Vastly different from Greene's previous nonfiction bestsellers the book is a recycling of the myth of Icarus It's called Icarus at the Edge of Time and it's a board book ostensibly with a charming children's story inside The story can be charming at points what with its awe inspiring backdrop of stars nebulae and other celestial objects appearing in high resolution photographs captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and adapted for the book by renowned designer Chip Kidd but it's a children's story only in its format length and face value appealThe story revolves around Icarus a fourteen year old boy aboard the Proxima a starship on a course to arrive at a distant planet believed to be home to intelligent life Spanning numerous lightyears the journey reuires many generations of families to complete and the weight of the realization that born as he was on the Proxima he is also to die there is not lost on Icarus So when the interstellar vehicle is projected to come near an uncharted black hole he sees it as an opportunity to be someone—to be than just a link in a chain stretching from an Earth he'd never walked to an alien planet he'd never see No one in history had ever explored a black hole Icarus is well aware of the immense power of a black hole—that it possesses a gravitational pull so great that even light can't escape it—but ignorant of the breathless warnings of his father presumably named Daedalus and confident in his ability to control his special micro warp drive engine which he himself precociously designed he nevertheless proceeds towards the sinister supermass and prepares to steer his craft away from it before he crosses the event horizon or the point of no return The Proxima has been hurtling through space for nearly a hundred years he reasons And now finally we come upon something spectacular and unexpected and we're not even going to try to explore it?In the Greek myth Icarus exhilarated with high altitude forgets his father's warning about flying too close to the sun the wax that's holding the feathers on his ersatz wings melts and finally Icarus plummets to his death In Greene's futuristic retelling Icarus meets an unexpected but not altogether different sort of undoing The spacefaring Icarus is poised to turn away from the black hole just in the nick of time but overcome by hubris he forgets to include in his navigation calculations an important variable inherent in the manifold he occupies time itself His tragic fate is a sharp consideration of one of the many trajectories of Einstein's prescience He suffers a different kind of death but ultimately he looks forward to an entirely new lease in life Like the best science fiction Icarus at the Edge of Time is a cautionary tale the last paragraph of the book says so of Icarus's daring expedition but exactly what about is not immediately apparent given an ending far removed from that of the story's inspiration Perhaps it's simply about insubordination or on a ponderous level about the high cost of knowledge or still ponderous the value of time Maybe it's all of these at once Maybe than a merging of classical myth and scientific theory Icarus at the Edge of Time is a pithy remark on the tentativeness of one's thoughts and the permanence of one's actions on being lost in space and time on living in the here and now— Originally posted on Fully BookedMe


  3. says:

    A board book for all ages Briane Greene's Icarus at the Edge of Time is a futuristic reinvention of the Greek myth of Icarus the boy who disregarded his father's advice and flew too near the sun Like his ancient counterpart our Icarus is the son of innovative men who finds himself trapped in a prison of his father's making In his case that prison is the Proxima a starship dispatched from Earth on a multi generational voyage to contact another sentient species A brilliant young man Icarus resents the idea that he will live and die aboard the Proxima and in a rash act of defiance decides to explore a passing black holeAs someone with an abiding interest in mythology and the ways in which it is continuously reinvented as well as a great fondness for space opera of the Star Trek variety I was uite intrigued when a friend recommended this book to me Gorgeously illustrated with photographs of various cosmic phenomena taken by the Hubble Space Telescope this chunky picture book explores Einstein's prediction that time will slow down as one approaches a black hole while also offering a meditative picture of human impatience and our impulse to explore I was actually rather surprised to find myself so moved by Greene's narrative and wish that I was acuainted with some young astronomer to whom I could give this title


  4. says:

    This book has the look and feel and heft of a very large board book At first it felt and appeared rather strange to me but it worked for these photos and storyThere is some real scientific information in this book about black holes and actual impressive photos taken via NASA and the Hubble Space TelescopeThe story about this Icarus is that he gets not too close to the sun but too close to a black hole I thought it started off kind of campy but it won me over and I ended up enjoying it It was a reasonably good speculative fiction short story with lots of factual astronomical information It was sad but also really uplifting; it has an optimistic outlook


  5. says:

    An interesting and creative take on the myth of Icarus and Daedalus this science fiction story has a secret science lesson imbedded in its pages Children will be impressed by the time sink of a black hole and the beautiful pictures of nebulas and galaxies at the back The illustrations themselves are less impressive The first pictures are pretty but they some are low resolution undoubtedly due to the distances involved and as the book proceeds increasingly obscured by a big black “hole” I don’t think this works as a picture book as I don’t think the similar and repetitious pictures would keep the interest of a younger child and the text is too small and complicated to follow along More than that the presentation of the text is ugly Overall the book is a great concept and idea but not as well executed as it could have been


  6. says:

    Every time I shelve books at a certain library branch my shoulder hits this oversize book It's bright and colorful but I'm always too busy to pull it off the shelf and look Today I made the time Based on the Greek Myth of Icarus but set during a futuristic space exploration this book is stellar excuse the pun Not only as you read this cautionary legend are you educated in the in the mysteries of black holes and the importance of listening to your parents but you will enjoy glittering pictures of galaxies and nebulas that will stir your inner scientist and inspire your soul


  7. says:

    This is a very cool mix of mythology science fiction and science all in a board book for children It's the story of Icarus who doesn't fly too close to the sun in this version but rather the edge of a black hole He is a member of the Proxima's crew and the families on this ship have left Earth to find other life in the galaxy knowing that generations will be born and die on their ship before they reach their destination Icarus is a few generations in and wants to be something than a link in a chain so he ventures out into space and circles the edge of black hole only to suffer an unusual fateThis book uses pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope as a backdrop to a fairly short story A scientific explanation and theories finish up the story The book is a little misleading I tend to think of board books as for very young children but I think the story will appeal to mid and upper elementary school kids


  8. says:

    While this book is very pretty to look at on some level it's also very frustrating to have beautiful images covered with an black dot that increases in size with every turn of the page Interesting concept for a book but the execution could have been much betterAlso this is a coffee table book not a novel like The Elegant Universe which is coming up soon on my to read list and I'm very much looking forward to Stick to the physics Brian let the artists do the coffee table books


  9. says:

    Greene best known as the theoretical physicist that wrote The Elegant Universe wrote this board book for all ages as a cosmic retelling of the Icarus fable Filled with stunning imagery of celestial phenomenon it's also filled with some basic tenets of outer space physics as plot pointsI was drawn to the book as it sat several shelves away at the library tonight It's visually very interesting It took only a few minutes to read The language is uite evocative as Greene's language tends to be though the narrative doesn't always flow seamlessly It's a beautiful eerie chilling experience of a book


  10. says:

    This is a beautiful futuristic retelling of the story of Icarus and Daedalus set on a ship that left Earth to find life in the galaxy Icarus an overly confident child genuis born on the expedition flies too close to the edge of a black hole rather than the sun of the classic myth Physics professor Brian Greene tells the story and discusses the concept of time slowing near a black hole through stunning photographs of stars nebulas and supernovas It was easy enough to read with my second grader but beautiful and thought provoking enough for an adult to appreciate This is a wonderful blend of myth science fiction physics and art


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *