Dear book group,
Some time next year I am going to propose we read a book called The Magic Furnace by Marcus Chown. It’s a story of how scientists’ discovered the origin of our atoms.
A brief description:
Every atom in our bodies has an extraordinary history. Our blood, our food, our books, our clothes – everything contains atoms forged in blistering furnaces deep inside stars, which were blown into space by those stars’ cataclysmic explosions and deaths. From red giants – stars so enormous they could engulf a million suns – to supernova explosions – the most violent events in the universe – the birth of every atom was marked by cosmic events on an enormous scale, against a backdrop of unimaginable heat and cold, brightness and darkness, space and time. But how did we discover the astonishing truth about our cosmic origins? The Magic Furnace is Marcus Chown’s extraordinary account of how scientists unravelled the mystery of atoms, and helped to explain the dawn of life. It is one of the greatest detective stories in the history of science. In fact, it is two puzzles intertwined, for the stars contain the key to unlocking the secret of atoms, and the atoms the solution to the secret of stars.
Having convinced our self’s that we are made the same stuff as stars and rocks I propose inviting a local philosopher to lead a discussion on the book and on consciousness and why we have it, where it comes from and why rocks don’t.
This wont suit everyone so we will choose another book more aligned to our usual books that can be read in parallel.
Also some time maybe before Christmas I am going to propose a trip to the Science museum to go to this exhibition:
So please let me know your thoughts on the above. See you on the 12th.
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