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.