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Thomas Edison and the Eclipse that Enlightened America
Talk and Book Signing by Author David Baron
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. author David Baron will speak about his new book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the moon and Win the Glory of the World. The program will be held at the Laboratory Complex at 211 Main Street. Seating is limited and Reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made by calling 973-736-0550 ext. 11. There is no fee for the program. Books will be available for purchase.
This August, America will enjoy a rare celestial treat – the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross the country from coast to coast. As the nation prepares for this astronomical spectacle, author David Baron tells the little-known tale of Thomas Edison’s trip to Wyoming Territory in 1878 to observe a total eclipse. Based on original archival research, Baron reveals what lured the Wizard of Menlo Park to the Wild West, and he weaves the stories of other remarkable scientists who joined Edison on the frontier.
David Baron is a journalist, author and broadcaster who has spent his thirty-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environmental correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston’s WBUR, and health and science editor for PRI’s The World.
Baron’s written work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Outside, Lonely Planet and Reader’s Digest. His 2003 book, The Beast in the Garden, received the Colorado Book Award.
An avid umbraphile who has witnessed five total solar eclipses, Baron has crossed the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia to catch the shadow of the moon.