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Cool. Will check it out.
By the way, you name shows as Brian Brian, not as Brian Keating. Must be something about the way you entered it in your profile? Anyway, just fyi.
Tom DardenBy the way, you name shows as Brian Brian, not as Brian Keating. Must be something about the way you entered it in your profile? Anyway, just fyi.
Just bought two copies.
A friend on mine has been working on SPT since the beginning. Sending a copy to him.
Hey Brian -
Looks like a fascinating story, I also fly out of KMYF. Can I buy a signed copy and pick it up from you locally?
Thank you for posting this here on COPA, and thank you for writing such a heartfelt book. It is very easy for us "regular folk" to develop a view or belief that high-level scientists, deeply buried in complex subjects tend to be cold, data-processing, unemotional, "Spock-like" beings. I bought the Kindle version of your book yesterday and finished it this morning; but not until you had moved me to tears more than once. And I'm very definitely "regular folk", with no more science education than the minimum required to obtain a BA from a liberal arts college.
For any of you contemplating a summer read, I will encourage you to buy Brian's book. It's not just for science geeks. I knew that my friend Jack Long would be all over it, but for the rest of us, I consider it four books in one:
1. A very cool autobiography. I love good biographies and autobiographies. Brian's personal and professional story are, well, very cool. From very personal insights to stories of designing and building a sophisticated telescope and installing and operating it at the South Pole, it is a fascinating and well-told story.
2. A "dumbed-down" glimpse into the research into the beginning of our universe. Even with Brian's painstaking efforts to simplify, I found some of it tough to follow, but nevertheless enjoyable, as it laid the foundation for his major motivation:
3. A call for reformations in the Nobel prize process. I love reformers. You are one. Good luck. Keep it up.
4. An "ethical will" for your children and future grandchildren. You've inspired me to keep working on mine.
While I had many "favorite parts", I can't help but share this one, as fun to read as it was surprising. (Although after finishing the book and understanding the significance of dust in your life -- and really, in all of our lives -- I get it.)
When I was a kid my favorite comic strip was Peanuts, but my favorite character wasn't the protagonist, Charlie Brown. He was too timid, too neurotic. It wasn't Lucy, either, for she was imperious and cruel. Schroeder was smugly self-satisfied and aloof. The character I adored was Pig Pen, the eternally messy, disheveled kid, enveloped by his own dusty microclimate. He was hardscrabble, nonconformist, salt-and-dust-of-the-Earth. He was ambivalent about social strata, unfazed when kids fled rooms when he entered; his real friends stayed. To him, life wasn't a popularity contest. His dust was his history, and he was proud of it.
From "Losing the Nobel Prize: A story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor", by COPA's own Brian Keating.
Brian....I just ordered via Kindle. Look forward to reading it!
I just bought 2 copies as well. My neighbor’s son just graduated high school and this is perfect graduation gift!
Looking forward to receiving my autographed copy.
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