Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: rrnewneighbors.org [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Great and uplifting film!

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Barnes & Noble La Frontera hosts the first meeting of a new nationwide Barnes & Noble Book Club May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble La Frontera. The book is Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The book is available at Barnes & Noble La Frontera.
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HILL COUNTRY AUTHORS SERIES

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.

The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.

In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at www.folgeorgetown.org/calendar. Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Einstein Dreams Can Take Longer to Discuss than to Read

In an alternate reality, Einstein might have written down his dreams, and they might have looked like the vignettes in Einstein's Dreams, by Alan Lightman. Some of them seem to be based on well-known and some on obscure laws of physics, such as the one where everyone lived as high from sea level as possible because time moves more slowly further from the earth's center of gravity; though the truth is that it is only nanoseconds slower in the mountains. Others seem imaginative but doubtful as to any connection with any kind of reality. I can't help being curious as to whether each is based on a specific aspect of physics. The whole concept of time is a conundrum in physics, so I am guessing that to a physicist, most or all of the "dreams" in the book have aspects that are in the realm of stretched-out possibility.

Interesting facts Dennis mentioned in introducing the book:

               There were 8 "dreams" between each of the first 3 "interludes" and then 6 dreams after that, before the last interlude. This may be meant to mirror the structure of a hymn, which has 3 sets of 8 lines and one of 6.

               In 1905, when he was working on his thesis and when the "dreams" in this book were noted to occur fictitiously, Einstein published 4 physics papers, each of which was considered a major breakthrough, each on a topic that was considered separate and somewhat unrelated to the others.

Things we said about time: Time flies when you're having fun. At farms, livestock run the schedule; ie, the roosters wake you up and you get up to milk the cows, and let them out and then let them back in later, based on the darkness. Joyce: Computers of many kinds keep our time rigid. Joyce might have enjoyed life a little more during a time without this kind of punctuality. At the beginning of our meeting, we all found that all our cell phones said it was 1:02. Janice: Time is a constant, but our perceptions make it seem to go slow or fast. Jennifer: With all our time-saving devices, we seem to get less of our plans completed than we did in the old days. This goes with the dream where people had noticed that after the combustion engine was invented, one could get from one place to another quickly, saving much time - so in that dream, everyone was doing everything as fast as possible, so to save as much time as possible. I thought that was the most laughable of the dreams. Marla: Time can be emotional, and we can be stuck at some time in the past. Patty: We interpret time differently at different stages of our lives. Pat: It would be interesting to know what meditators/meditaters (seems there is an equal spread online using each spelling) and those who go into spiritual trances would say about this book.

Relevant Books: Marla recommended Einstein: His Life and Universe, a biography by Walter Isaacson. Jay told us about Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (how much time did that guy spend learning to spell his name...and then spelling it for others?), which defines creativity partly as the period during which one is focused and loses track of time. A website I visited compared Einstein's Dreams with Juan Luis Borges' Labyrinths.

Einstein's Dreams stimulates lots of discussion and thought! 

1 comment:

Atrox said...

"meditaters" = Pharmaceutical spuds?