As if the New York City vs. Boston rivlary needed any more ammunition, now comes evidence that Boston has a larger library too. Actually, according to the American Library
Association (ALA), the Boston Public Library ranks second (with 19,090,261 volumes held). And the famed New York Public Library – whose ASK NYPL online and phone (1-917-ASK-NYPL) reference service is world-renowned – ranks fourth (with 16,342,365 volumes held). Harvard University (with 16,832,952 volumes held) ranks third.
Famed physicist Kip Thorne brought real science to this year’s sci-fi movie epic “Interstellar.”
In his new book “The Science of ‘Interstellar'” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2014), Thorne goes into detail about the physics that underlies the awesome phenomena explored in the movie, including black holes, time dilation, a disease that could decimate food crops on Earth and an alien planet with 4,000-foot-tall (1,200 meters) water waves.
Some physicists think they can explain why the universe first formed. If they are right, our entire cosmos may have sprung out of nothing at all…
If the bars of Los Angeles could talk, they’d have an awful lot of tales to tell — old Hollywood was full of famously hard drinkers. And while LA’s watering holes are keeping their secrets, one author, Mark Bailey, has uncorked a slew of stories from the city’s plastered past.
In his book Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History, Bailey details the history of Hollywood’s love affair with liquor. It’s full of tales of beloved actors, directors and screenwriters behaving badly, from the early days of film all the way up to the 1970s — and includes recipes for some stars’ favorite cocktails.
If you have a question about any little thing that crosses your mind, there’s a good change you pull out your phone and consult Google, being dished up a bunch of answers in no time at all. Of course, that convenience has only been around for a brief out our inquisitive history, and before such options existed people had to resort to slower, more limited resources. The New York Public Library was one such source as shown by a bunch of reference cards from the 1940s through 1980s.
The New York Public Library has surfaced a box full of reference questions typed on cards, each of them dated and some containing names. You can see one example below, and a couple more in the gallery farther down.