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Black Holes, Beakers, and Books: How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Sunday, July 27, 2014 | Other Dates  
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Are you interested in exploring the vast mysteries of the cosmos, understanding human evolutionary history or talking about the long-term future of the planet earth? These topics and more will be discussed in Black Holes, Beakers, and Books, a book club that reads and discusses popular science books published within the last five years.

Join us for a discussion of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown.

After years of searching, astronomer Mike Brown identified a heavenly body called Eris in 2005. The thrill of discovery was eclipsed by contention as Eris elbowed Pluto out of planetary status. Pluto, which generations of school children were taught was the ninth planet, was demoted to dwarf planet. Those same children began sending Brown hate mail for axing Pluto, but he now defends his science in this very readable memoir.

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4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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