Figuring (Book, 2019) []
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Author: Maria Popova
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
"Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries, beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement. Stretching between these figures is a cast of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
collective biographies
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Popova
ISBN: 9781524748135 1524748137
OCLC Number: 1041202358
Awards: Short-listed for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 2020
Description: x, 578 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Only the dreamer wakes --
To find dismooned among the stardust --
What is lost and what is gained --
Of the infinite in the finite --
To figure and transfigure --
The much that calls for more --
To brave the light of the world --
That which exhausts and exalts --
Merely the beautiful --
Divided, indivisible --
Between sinew and spirit --
Between art and life --
The banality of survival --
Shadowing the light of immortality --
To gaze and turn away --
From romance to reason --
From terror to transcendence --
Unmastering --
The heart's circumference --
Bound by neither mind nor matter --
In the darkness of being --
Searching for totality --
Into the unfathomed --
Where splendor dwells --
To live and to vanish --
Between the scale of atoms and the scale of worlds --
Between the time of monarchs and the time of stars --
Tracing the thread of being --
From shoreless seeds to stardust.
Responsibility: Maria Popova.


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