Monday, October 23, 2006

SKILLING CONVICTED!!! Queen Guitarist Collaborates on Astronomy Book.

Hola Amigos,

Rather than regurgitate the good news, namely that Jeffrey Skilling seems to be headed to prison for a long time, I figured I'd concentrate on this story I found on Yahoo news. Brian May, Queen guitarist, has collaborated on a book about astronomy that centers on the origin of the universe. Excerpt:

LONDON - Brian May traded rock 'n' roll for the big bang as he launched a book about the origins of the universe.

May, who abandoned doctoral studies in astronomy to play guitar with `70s rock legends Queen, has returned to his first love as a co-author of the book "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe," which was launched Monday.

Co-written with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, presenters of the British Broadcasting Corp. astronomy program "The Sky at Night," the book recounts the formation of the universe from its origins more than 13 billion years ago and looks forward to its end, several billion years from now.

Moore is a big name in British astronomy, so this will most likely be a high-caliber project.

May, 59, whose guitar playing drives "We Will Rock You," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and other hits, sees similarities between his two great loves, music and astronomy.

I think his best stuff was on tracks like "Get Down, Make Love" and "Somebody to Love", but hey, I guess you can't avoid reliving the big hits...

"I think there's a sort of purity about both of them," he said recently, according to The Guardian newspaper. "Because you can immerse yourself in thoughts of the universe, or in music, and you're really abstracted. You're a million miles away from all your worries and personal problems and the dust and smoke of where you are."

For me, that last paragraph says it all. Well done Brian!

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