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JUNE SPOTLIGHT: SCIENCE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

Open Book

June, 2021

I was working at the Dickson Street Bookshop during my undergraduate years at the University of Arkansas when I first came across Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. An English major focusing on creative writing, you'd think such a book wouldn't be of interest to me, but learning about the flexibility of time, about how black holes work, and how the big bang happened absolutely fascinated me. When I found the 10th anniversary revised edition, I read that too. As an author, such books have proven to be invaluable resources, and as a lifelong student, they have helped me better understand the world in which I live. If you get a chance, check out this iconic work by one of the 20th and 21st centuries' greatest minds.