Is this just not such an extraordinary image?

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A time-exposure representation of gravitational waves from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. Credit: Joe McNally/Getty Images

I have just ordered a copy of Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin.

I have always been a fan of books that bridge the gap between science and art ever since reading The Double Helix as a young adult. I also loved the poetry book by Heidi Williamson: Her first collection ‘Electric Shadow’ (Bloodaxe, 2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry, and she trained with me as a writing coach when I worked for NAWE.  ‘The Print Museum’, her next collection, is due out now with Bloodaxe in 2016.

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space By Janna Levin

241 pp. Alfred A. Knopf

In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft carried the Golden Record into space — a disc containing a representative selection of Earth’s sounds, ranging from an erupting volcano to a kiss to some of humanity’s greatest music. It was an endeavor more poetic than scientific, which Carl Sagan saw as sonic proof of our being “a species endowed with hope and perseverance, at least a little intelligence, substantial generosity and a palpable zest to make contact with the cosmos.”

Not my usual reading but let me know what you think.


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