17 July, 2012

Interviewed At Magpie Bridge! + Teaser Tuesday (86)

I've been interviewed (again!) by Paul Tobin at Magpie Bridge about my blog and my website, The Eagle Directory. I answer questions about the idea behind the site, how I put it together, and why I like eagles in the first place. Check it out!*

*If you want to, of course. And if you do, be sure to take a look around Paul's blog: There's poetry, writing posts, other interviews, all kinds of interesting and well-written content.

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And now, for Teaser Tuesday. This is a weekly--and, of course, bookish--meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


This week, my teaser is from The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene. This is the first book I've read by him (though I did watch The Fabric of the Cosmos on PBS a while back, which he hosted--there's also an Elegant Universe TV series) and it's really good. I find his explanations of important concepts in physics easy enough to grasp without feeling like it's significantly dumbed down for the people who don't happen to be theoretical physicists like, you know, Greene himself.


Einstein found that precisely this idea--the sharing of motion between different dimensions--underlies all of the remarkable physics of special relativity, so long as we realize that not only can spatial dimensions share an object's motion, but the time dimension can share this motion as well. In fact, in the majority of circumstances, most of an object's motion is through time, not space.
-p. 49

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Reading any good non-fiction these days? How about fiction? Got any teasers to share?


-----The Golden Eagle

47 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

Ooo, fantastic teaser! And I definitely get what he's saying in that teaser too.

Here's my TT.

Pat Hatt said...

Through time not space, interesting indeed. Like the cover too and nope nothing on the go reading wise at the moment.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Sounds like an interesting read! Probably over my head, but interesting. :) And I'll go check out that interview!

Paul Tobin said...

I shall have to check him out, it seems very accessible. here's mine:

The Dodmen, Alfred Watkin's term for the prehistoric surveyors who had planned out the leys, erecting standing stones and earthworks at strategic points. The surveyors would, Watkin's imagined, have held up poles to find out where tall stones would be visible as way markers.

Phil Rickman Curfew just started it, lets hope its good!

Carol Kilgore said...

Don't have a clue what that means. But I like the cover :)

Old Kitty said...

I loved this teaser cos it forced me to read it slowly and carefully so as to comprehend the meaning!! Yay!! Take care
x

Brinda said...

I may download this book on audio! BTW, have I ever told you that I have a bird phobia? I like your website anyway. I just try to not look a bird photos.

M Pax said...

I've wanted to read that book. One of my observatory buds met Brian Greene. Are you enjoying it?

Sangu Mandanna said...

This sounds so intriguing, but I really do suspect it wouldn't be my thing. I so totally wish I read more non-fiction, but the last non-fiction I read and enjoyed were pregnancy/baby books.

Mikazuki said...

What a lovely interview! The cover of the book looks really cool, though I have to admit I don't read much non-fiction.

Rob-bear said...

I took a side-trip to your web site today, for something different to read. You have done an amazing amount of work on that! It is very informative.

Christine Rains said...

I've seen Greene several times on the Science Channel and PBS. Interesting stuff, but I'm don't quite hold for String Theory.

Connie Keller said...

I have The Elegant Universe DVD at home but haven't watched it yet.

I just finished reading People of the Book. It was great--beautifully written and fascinating subject matter (Sarajevo haggadah).

Karen and Gerard said...

Sounds too deep for me-Einstein was brilliant and a fascinating human being.

Here's the link to our 3 with a giveaway: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2012/07/tuesday-teasers-affair-giveaway-i-hunt.html

Cally Jackson said...

I had to read that quote veeery slowly. hehehehe. Physics is NOT my thing.

Melissa Bradley said...

I just finished a non-fiction book called Back to the Front: An Accidental Historian walks the trenches of World War I by Stephen O'Shea. I love the First World war and read anything I can about it. This was a terrific book.

Loved your teaser Tuesday. I'm going to have to read this one.

Michael Pierce said...

Off to check out your interview! :)

Trisha said...

I have a feeling that book would not be dumbed down enough for me. A Physics major I am not!

cleemckenzie said...

Great teaser for Tuesday!

Just started The Science of Yoga by Broad. Interesting and from what I've heard, it has stirred some kind of tempest among Yogis.

Off to see your interview.

....Petty Witter said...

Not my usual type of read but I like to think I have an open mind, thanks for an interesting teaser.

Misha Gericke said...

I haven't read non fiction in quite some time. Maybe I should keep an eye out for something. :-)

Jen Chandler said...

Greene does a brilliant job of making physics agreeable to every constitution, even a math-phobic one like mine!

Of course, now when I think of Brian Greene, I think of the cameo he did on The Big Bang Theory a few seasons ago...hehe.

Hope you have a wonderful week! Sorry I've been absent for so long but life is (somewhat) back in order from the move!

Cheers,
Jen

Medeia Sharif said...

That book has a great title.

I'll check out your interview...

Shelley said...

I don't fully understand it, but nice teaser! :) Going to check out the interview now!

nutschell said...

great teaser! hopping over to your interview now.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

The Golden Eagle said...

Cherie: Thank you!

I'd hoped people would find it clear enough.

Pat: It's an interesting cover. Much more so than some non-fiction books.

Bethany: It is. :)

Paul: Intriguing teaser! Prehistoric surveyors--I've never heard mention of those before.

Carol: Me, too. :)

Old Kitty: I like teasers that make me think, too.

Brinda: Cool!

No, I don't believe you've mentioned it. Er, I'll avoid showing too many bird pictures, then!

I'm glad you still like my website. :)

M: I am! Wish I'd met Brian Greene . . .

Sangu: I go through spells where I don't read much non-fiction (other than for school, of course). Fiction can be a lot more fun.

Mikazuki: Thank you! :)

Rob-bear: I'm glad you found it informative! That was my goal in creating it.

Christine: I haven't reached the part where he really gets into string theory (right now it's relativity), so I have yet to form an opinion.

Connie: Oh, cool. I haven't seen the series but it sounds really good.

That sounds like a really interesting book.

Karen and Gerard: He was, definitely!

Cally: It's a complicated field! I'm a bit obsessed with the physics world--the Higgs Boson "discovery" had me jumping up and down. LOL.

Melissa: It sounds like a fascinating book. I haven't read much about WWI and I'm always on the lookout for things about it.

Michael: Thanks! :)

Trisha: Me, neither. Greene writes pretty accessibly, though.

Cleemckenzie: Thank you!

I've never heard of the book. Any ideas why it may have stirred up so much debate?

Petty Witter: You're very welcome!

Misha: There are a lot of good non-fiction books. :)

Jen: Over a hundred pages into The Elegant Universe I have to agree!

I haven't seen The Big Bang Theory, but I did read that he'd made an appearance.

It's good to see you back in the blogosphere! :)

Medeia: I like the title, too.

Shelley: Thanks. :)

Hope you liked the interview!

Nutschell: Thank you.

Laura said...

This sounds like a great read - might have to take a peek after my HP marathon is over
Lx

Ciara said...

Am I over worked and tired after a marathon of editing, or did my last blonde brain cell just pop, because I had to read that teaser twice. Even then, I had to pause and think about it.

mshatch said...

wow. interesting excerpt. I may have to pick that book up. thanks :)

Jennifer Hillier said...

Ooh, I enjoyed this teaser! I'm right about to start re-reading Stephen King's ON WRITING. I read it every few years for inspiration. :)

Flying high in the sky.... said...

Congratulations on being interviewed yet again!!! :) interesting post...

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Oh goodness, not quite my reading cop of tea. I admire the speed with which you devour all sorts of books, though.

Rachel Morgan said...

Um, okay, yeah. I have enough difficulty wrapping my brain around the teaser sentences that I'm pretty sure I won't be reading the book!

The Golden Eagle said...

Laura: Can't beat HP!

Ciara: We all have moments like those. Yesterday I was reading something and couldn't remember a previous paragraph just after I'd finished it. :P

Mshatch: You're welcome!

Jennifer: Glad you enjoyed it.

I really need to get my hands on that book.

Flying high: Thank you! :)

Madeleine: Thanks. Though my pace has slowed this year--just too many other projects going on at the same time!

Rachel: He does a good job at explaining everything--these sentences were more of a summary, so the concept's built up to in relatively clear terms.

Lydia Kang said...

My brain feels like it's traveling through time, not space, just reading that. That's good, right?

Donna K. Weaver said...

You're just getting all around, aren't you?

From "Friends & Foes" by Sarah M. Eden

"Come, Miss Kendrick," Lord Lampton added his voice. "Since when do you back down from a challenge?"

Sorrel clenched her hand in indignation.

Lynda R Young said...

Now that's a cool thought in your teaser.

The Golden Eagle said...

Lydia: Definitely. ;)

Donna: LOL. It feels like it!

Intriguing teaser. I wonder what he's challenging her to do . . .

Lynda: Glad you liked it. :)

Talli Roland said...

I love your Teaser Tuesdays. You're always reading such interesting books!

The Golden Eagle said...

Talli: Thanks. :)

Susan Kane said...

Your Teaser Tuesdays are such fun. I am reading "The Queen's Rival" by Diane Haeger.
Pg. 37--Suddenly there was a flash. Candlelight illuminated a ring on his finger, making it sparkle. And she knew. This was the famous cleric Thomas Wolsey...

The Golden Eagle said...

Susan: Interesting teaser! I wonder why the ring has such significance to the person's identity.

David P. King said...

I'll have to check that out, and that book ... totally something that would reboot my sci-fi writing when the time comes for it. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

David: I like reading science non-fiction for inspiration, too. :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Thanks for the guest post Golden Eagle. Angie, great advice. My brother and I are just dipping into Twitter and it can be intimidating.

Paul Tobin said...

I think it was an idea put forward by Alfred Watkins-the guy who came up with the idea of ley lines. I think he came up with the idea of a megalithic yard- a standard measurement all builders used- not sure how much worth to put in either concept really.

The Golden Eagle said...

Maurice: You're welcome. :)

I've never tried Twitter--Blogger takes up so much time as it is!

Paul: Interesting. Watkins must have have been very influential, if he developed a standard used by all builders and came up with ley lines.