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Author Rebecca Boyle - Our Moon: How Earth's Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are

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Pikes Peak Library District welcomes author and journalist Rebecca Boyle to speak on her newly published book, Our Moon: How Earth's Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are (Random House, 2024).

From the author's website (www.rebeccaboyle.com):

Far from being a lifeless ornament in the sky, the Moon holds the key to some of science’s central questions, and in this fascinating account of our remarkable satellite, award-winning science journalist Rebecca Boyle shows us why it is the secret to our success.

Boyle deftly reframes the history of scientific discovery through a lunar lens, from Mesopotamia to the present day. Touching on ancient astronomers including Claudius Ptolemy; ancient philosophers from Anaxagoras to Plutarch; the scientific revolution of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler; and the lunar fiction of writers like Jules Verne–which inspired Wernher von Braun, the Nazi rocket scientist who succeeded in landing humans on the Moon–Boyle charts our path with the Moon from the origins of human civilization to the Apollo landings and up to the present.

Even as astronauts around the world prepare to return to the Moon, opening up new frontiers of discovery, profit, and politics, Rebecca Boyle brings the Moon down to Earth.

Join us for this fascinating presentation based on the author's book.  Registration encouraged but not required.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the presentation from Poor Richard's.

For more about the author and the book, please visit www.rebeccaboyle.com and her local author profile at PPLD's Local Author Database.

Author Rebecca Boyle

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