Figuring

Figuring

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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 artists, writers, and scientists—mostly women, mostly queer—whose public contribution have risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.

Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman—and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

Baker & Taylor
The Brain Pickings science writer and host of The Universe in Verse explores the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of historical figures from four centuries, from astronomer Johannes Kepler to biologist Rachel Carson.

Baker
& Taylor

Explores the search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of historical figures from four centuries--artists, writers, and scientists, most of them women, who changed the way humans understand, experience, and appreciate the universe.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524748135
Branch Call Number: 305.435 POP 2019-01
Characteristics: x, 576 pages ; 25 cm

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