Adam Blatner

Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner

Spectrums: Publicity

Originally posted on November 10, 2012

I wrote about this a few days ago, and here’s more: Proudly announcing a new book by David Blatner titled Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe From Infinitesimal to Infinity . November, 2012. 192 pages. Walker, hardcover, $25.00.
ISBN 9780802717702 Library classification number: 539.2.
        Information about the book, including the video teaser and links to buy:

From book jacket:
    How can we understand the world of the atom or the size of our galaxy?
    How do we grasp a billionth of a second or a billion years; the freezing point of helium or the heat generated by the blast of an atomic bomb?
     Spectrums answers these questions and many more by exploring realms we are familiar with in our daily lives, but whose extremes boggle the mind and inspire a sense of wonder. With relish and insight, Blatner re-introduces us to six fundamental spectrums in the world around us: numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time. Offering fascinating glimpses of hidden realities, full of comparisons, facts, and anecdotes, and illustrated by a wealth of diagrams, photographs, and sidebars, Spectrums illuminates the full range of the bizarre and beautiful world in which we live.
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   From Carl Hayes, reviewer of BookList:
        While the size of the universe can be gauged down to level of electrons and out to unimaginable distances trillions of light-years away, most of us live within a very narrow, middle-range slice of day-to-day observation. With the aim of enhancing our appreciation for the dimensions we don’t normally perceive, prolific science writer Blatner takes a closer look at six scales of measurement, or spectrums, with which our lives are daily intertwined: numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time. Leavened with wit and colorful anecdotes, each section reveals a wealth of astonishing and quirky details about the world around us. In “Numbers,” for instance, we learn that engineers could not  calculate rocket trajectories without imaginary numbers. “Light” attempts to elucidate the mind-bending paradox that light is both a particle and a wave. Complete with illustrative charts, photos, and pithy quotes from celebrities as diverse as George Carlin and Max Planck, Blatner’s work is one of those rare nonfiction gems that make learning about science eye-opening and fun.
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And my own review (i.e., from Adam Blatner, biased as he is as the author’s father, and oh-so- proud):
      The author of "Spectrums" has evidently opened his mind beyond what most folks know, and communicates the appropriate aesthetic overlay, a sense of "Wow!" Yet, not satisfied with wow-ing, Mr. Blatner has gone on to explain how this or that fact is significant in its relation to other parts of the spectrum. I appreciate the author’s expression of astonishmentality, a refined form of childlike wonder, manifested only by those who know not just enough to be jaded, but rather enough to be properly amazed, which is a sublime form of pleasure. So, buy this book! It’s a spiritual-scientific-mind-world-changer!

Some other reviews:
Such as: "One of those rare nonfiction gems that make learning about science eyeopening and fun." –Booklist

It’s also listed at GoodReads here:  



For friends in Seattle: Book release party on November 17
* Town Hall presentation on November 30 More info here:  http

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