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Icarus at the Edge of Time

Written by Brian Greene

Icarus at the Edge of Time
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Category: Science - Astrophysics & Space Science; Juvenile Fiction - Science & Technology
Imprint: Knopf
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: September 2008
Price: $19.95
Can. Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26888-4 (0-307-26888-8)
Pages: 34



 
From one of America’s leading physicists—a moving and visually stunning futuristic reimagining of the Icarus fable.

The starship Proxima is on a twenty-five-trillion mile journey. Icarus was born on the ship as was his father and his father’s father, but there will be two more generations before the Proxima reaches its destination. As the tale begins, the Proxima is making an emergency diversion to avoid a black hole. Icarus wants to get a closer look. Although his father explains that when something goes into a black hole it never comes out, Icarus is confident that he can journey to the black hole’s edge and still make it back. He sneaks one of the Runabout ships out of the docking station and sets off to explore the black hole on his own. The result is unexpected and startling. Icarus returns to find his world profoundly and forever transformed.

In Icarus at the Edge of Time Brian Greene has given us a fable about fathers and sons, curiosity and wisdom, and the complexity of the universe as only a physicist of his range and lucidity could. Designed by Chip Kidd—with full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope—it is destined to be a classic for all ages.

“Do your part to get kids psyched about science with physicist Brian Greene’s Icarus at the Edge of Time, a futuristic fable that will take you and your budding scientists to the ends of the universe and back. Full-color photos from the Hubble Space Telescope bring the beauty of the cosmos right to your fingertips.”—Parade Magazine

“A perfect book for smart parents to read to smart children. Plus, it will make all concerned even smarter.” —Tim Follos, Washington Post Express

“Terrific . . . Page after page shows gorgeous, swirling color set in the blackness of infinity . . . Against these stunning visuals is a retelling of the classical myth of Icarus.”—Meghan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal

“Moving and successful . . . Beautifully illustrated . . . The images frame the deep and complex thought at the heart of the tale . . . [Greene] weaves the wonder of modern physics through the fabric of his story—and thus enables his readers to confront its strangeness themselves.”—Thomas Levenson, Seed Magazine



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Brian Greene is the author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos. He was educated at Harvard University and at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1996, he joined Columbia University as a professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level around the world and is internationally acknowledged for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory. In May 2008 he’ll be chairing the first annual World Science Festival, a gathering of the world’s leading scientists in New York City. Brian Greene lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.





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