Archive
2015
January
February
August
2014
July
August
December
2013
January
May
2012
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
Jan. 15, 2015

The SciFri Book Club Searches for Lost Cities

by Annie Minoff

Click to enlarge images

Last month, we asked for your help picking the SciFri Book Club’s next book. More than 400 of you voted, and the results are in. The club will kick off 2015 with David Grann’s non-fiction exploration saga, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.
 
The story begins in 1925, when famed Victorian-era explorer Percy Fawcett ventures into the Amazonian wilderness in search of an ancient, advanced civilization: the “Lost City of Z.” He's never heard from again. In a book that’s part mystery, part history, Grann retraces Fawcett’s steps into the jungle in search of “Z.” Will he find it?

Heading into the jungle with us are two guest readers: author Jeff VanderMeer (City of Saints and MadmenThe Southern Reach Trilogy) and Egyptologist and space archaeologist Sarah Parcak. Both will join us on air when we wrap up our discussion of The Lost City of Z on February 6th

How can you participate?
 
It’s easy. Start reading! Share your comments and questions with fellow Book Club members using the hashtag #SciFriBookClub (or use the comment section below). Quote a favorite passage. Post a question or respond to someone else’s. Finally, tune into our wrap-up discussion on Friday, February 6th to join the conversation on Science Friday. (If you have more questions about how the SciFri Book Club works, post them below in the comments.)
 
And keep an eye on this page for links to stories inspired by our reading, including: 
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of The Explorer's Club in New York City
  • An interview with The Lost City of Z author David Grann (hear a clip from the interview below)
  • An activity for kids investigating how technology has changed exploration
  • An account of one of the Amazon's notorious denizens
Those who will receive a free book will be notified within a week. If you weren't among the first 20 to sign up, you can get a 30 percent discount if you order The Lost City of Z from Powell's Books using this link.

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is Science Friday’s SciArts producer. She's visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor in the name of science.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.
EVAL ERROR: Entity: line 1: parser error : Space required after the Public Identifier

                                                 ^
Entity: line 1: parser error : SystemLiteral " or ' expected

                                                 ^
Entity: line 1: parser error : SYSTEM or PUBLIC, the URI is missing

                                                 ^

Code:
line 1: package tmpevalpackage;
line 2: sub doEval { 
line 3: 	my($parent);
line 4: 	
line 5: 	if($LayoutManager::url_resolved_values{'SEGMENT.nickname'}) {
line 6: 		$parent = $LayoutManager::url_resolved_values{'SEGMENT.nickname'};
line 7: 	}
line 8: 	elsif($LayoutManager::url_resolved_values{'VIDEO.nickname'}) {
line 9: 		$parent = $LayoutManager::url_resolved_values{'VIDEO.nickname'};
line 10: 	}
line 11: 	elsif($LayoutManager::url_resolved_values{'DOCUMENT.nickname'}) {
line 12: 		$parent = $LayoutManager::url_resolved_values{'DOCUMENT.nickname'}
line 13: 	}
line 14: 	
line 15: 	if($parent) {
line 16: 		my(@books) = &Database::SelectClause('BOOK',"parent = $parent");
line 17: 		if(!@books) {
line 18: 			$parent = '';
line 19: 		}
line 20: 	}
line 21: 	
line 22: 	if(!$parent) {
line 23: 		my(@sel) = &Database::SelectClause('GLOBAL','record all ""');
line 24: 		if(@sel) {
line 25: 			$parent = 'GLOBAL.' . $sel[0];
line 26: 		}
line 27: 			$main::ENV{'reading_header'} = "FEATURED READING";
line 28: 	}
line 29: 	
line 30: 	 = '';
line 31: 	
line 32: 	if($parent) {
line 33: 		my(@books) = &Database::SelectClause('BOOK',"parent = $parent");
line 34: 		0 = 0;
line 35: 		my $dots;
line 36: 		foreach(@books) {
line 37: 			my(%data);
line 38: 			&Database::GetRow($_,'BOOK',\%data);
line 39: 			my($status,$title,$author,$url,$image,$width,$height) = &SciFri::Schema::getAmazonItem($data{'isbn'});
line 40: 			if($data{'title'}) {
line 41: 				$title = $data{'title'};
line 42: 			}
line 43: 			if($data{'author'}) {
line 44: 				$author = $data{'author'};
line 45: 			}
line 46: 			if($status eq 'ok') {
line 47: 				 .= "<div class=\"box-2x1-item box-slide\" data-href=\"$url\">";
line 48: 				 .= "	<div class=\"box-2x1-item-photo\">";
line 49: 				 .= "		<div class=\"image-wrapper\" data-jsclass=\"imageWrapper\" data-align=\"right\">";
line 50: 				 .= "			<img src=\"$image\" data-width=\"$width\" data-height=\"$height\">";
line 51: 				 .= "		</div>";
line 52: 				 .= "	</div>";
line 53: 				 .= "	<h4>$title</h4>";
line 54: 				if($author) {
line 55: 					 .= "	<p>by $author</p>";
line 56: 				}
line 57: 				 .= "	<div class=\"box-2x1-more-button\"><a href=\"$url\"><img src=\"/images/v1/icon_text_more_white.png\" width=47 height=15 border=0></a></div>";
line 58: 				 .= "</div>";
line 59: 				++0;
line 60: 			}
line 61: 		}
line 62: 	}
line 63: 	if($parent eq "GLOBAL.1") { $main::ENV{'reading_header'} = "FEATURED READING"; }
line 64: 	else { $main::ENV{'reading_header'} = "RELATED READING"; }
line 65:  };
line 66: &doEval();
line 67: 1;

Science Friday® is produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Science Friday® and SciFri® are registered service marks of Science Friday, Inc. Site design by Pentagram; engineering by Mediapolis.

 

topics