Science Rules! Summer Reading + a Cosmos Reading List

Cosmos reading list!

I want everyone, parents, kids and teens to get excited about SCIENCE!

“Science rules!”
-Bill Nye

SCIENCE is the theme of our 2014 SUMMER READING campaign to keep all of our young one’s literary legs running all summer long. 

poster2014-elClick here for more information on SUMMER READING events, activities and prizes – kicking off JUNE 14TH at 1pm with an ICE CREAM SOCIAL and a CONCERT in our courtyard! Get psyched-up for SCIENCE!

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And, so…

With Science in mind and, with the recent finale of the rebooted cable program COSMOS (with host/astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson), I thought I’d to a run-through of the culminating episode (that aired last Sunday) with a reading list of all the main topics covered!

Wanna read more about the cosmos, or about science, in general?
Well, come to the Library and check out some books! You’ve got plenty of reading to do, this Summer!

‘Cosmos’ recap: From Alexandria to dark matter


The Earth, said astrophysicist Carl Sagan, is “…a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena…” (More on that later).

“…It’s okay not to know all the answers. It’s better to admit our ignorance than to believe answers that might be wrong – pretending to know everything closes the door on finding out what’s really there…”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson

that’s one of the things i love about science – we don’t have to pretend that we have all the answers #Cosmos

Cosmos Reading List:
What are cosmic rays?

The final episode of the 2014 incarnation of COSMOS dealt with Cosmic Rays
A look at the discovery of cosmic rays

Other topics covered include:

Martin Behaim – who constructed the first terrestrial globe back in the 1490’s

We also witnessed the activities of Black Holes and Neutron Stars
Studying neutron stars and black holes gives us access to exotic realms that we can’t explore on Earth.

How do you measure the Cosmos?
You could use Supernovae! That’s what happens when Stars explode!  Using Supernovae to Measure the Cosmos

Studying neutron stars and black holes
 gives us access to exotic realms that we can’t explore on Earth.

Also: Take a look at… The Pale Blue Dot – a photograph of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 Spaceprobe from 3.7 billion (BILLION) miles away

Carl Sagan, astrophysicist and host of the original Cosmos:
“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Voyager space probe carries a gold-plated audio-visual disc in the event that either spacecraft is ever found by intelligent life forms from other planetary systems

Voyager 1 has since passed through what’s called the Heliopause – leaving our galaxy and entering interstellar space
What defines the boundary of the solar system?

We also learned about Dark Matter and Dark Energy – and how these two mysterious entities are working to expand our universe (at an accelerating rate)
How Dark Matter Works

Fritz Zwicky had analyzed the Doppler velocities of whole galaxies within the Coma Cluster – realizing that something was keeping it together, an invisible matter…

Astronomer Vera Rubin had discovered compelling evidence for Zwicky’s dark matter. Most of the mass of the universe is indeed hidden from our view.

Because it turns out: Galaxies are rotating with such speed that the gravity generated by their observable matter could not possibly hold them together –Dark Matter holds them together– weird right? Learn more


Neil deGrasse Tyson – on why curiosity wins every time! 

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