Please join us to discuss The Value of Science, by Henri Poincaré (1854-1912). Henri Poincaré was a great French mathematician who penned popular works exploring the meaning and relationship of mathematics and natural science. Our selection this month, part of a larger work of the same name, starts with a challenge to Count Leo Tolstoy, who asserted that “science for its own sake” is an “absurd conception.” It ends with a case study of the value of the science of astronomy. Poincaré concludes that “Thought is only a gleam in the midst of a long night. But it is that gleam which is everything.”
Please join us to discuss “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” by Walt Whitman (1819-1892). This month we celebrate the work of a great son of Huntington, Walt Whitman. “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” was originally published in the third edition of “Leaves of Grass” under the title “A Word out of the Sea.” A boy’s recollection of two nesting mockingbirds, “two feather’d guests from Alabama,” over the course of a summer, it evokes the rhythms of nature on “Paumanok,” the Indian name for our island.
“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna
"You might know a husband like Claire's. Ambitious, admired, with deep pockets. But behind closed doors, he has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move. What he doesn't know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish. A chance meeting in an airport brings her together with a woman who seems equally desperate to flee her life. Together, they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets - Claire taking Eva's flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. But when the Puerto Rico plane crashes, Claire's options narrow to one impossible choice: assume Eva's identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden" Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.
"Escaping from Paris in 1942 after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew, a graduate student finds refuge in a small mountain town, where she forges identity documents to help hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis. Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.