Figuring




      Figuring
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 has 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. Download Figuring By Maria Popova – heartforum.co.uk

Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings brainpickings.org , which is included in the Library of Congress permanent digital archive of culturally valuable materials She hosts The Universe in Verse an annual charitable celebration of science through poetry at the interdisciplinary cultural center Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.


      Figuring
 By Maria Popova IBN : 1524748137 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 592 pages
  • Figuring
  • Maria Popova
  • English
  • 07 September 2018
  • 1524748137

10 thoughts on “ Figuring

  1. Vivek Tejuja says:

    How does one begin to explain a book like Figuring Honestly, I don t know, however, I shall try The book Figuring is much like Popova s site, brainpickings.org it is sort of a Russian doll, revealing layer after layer after layer, only if you wish to see it, or perhaps experience it Figuring is a book that you should read with the mindset of allowing the book to take it where it wants to, without expecting something too traditional or run of the mill.Figuring is a beautiful combination of sc How does one begin to explain a book like Figuring Honestly, I don t know, however, I shall try The book Figuring is much like Popova s site, brainpickings.org it is sort of a Russian doll, revealing layer after layer after layer, onl...

  2. Rebecca says:

    I have fallen in love with Maria Popova s weekly newsletter, Brain Pickings, and I cannot wait for this book.

  3. Melissa says:

    For the first third or so of the book I wasn t quite sure what Popova was really getting at There were a lot of historical figures surrounding her main subjects and I was having a little bit of trouble keeping up with the jumps back and forth and I kept confusing Maria Mitchell and Margaret Fuller, oops But then Popova got to her chapters on Emily Dickinson and just wow Blew me away That was when the book began to gel for me and I started to really understand that Popova was drawing all For the first third or so of the book I wasn t quite sure what Popova was really getting at There were a lot of historical figures surrounding her main subjects and I was ha...

  4. Ana says:

    The trouble of doing your research, whether you re writing fiction or nonfiction, is that seduced by those happy coincidences and curious facts you feel compelled to include almost everything in your final work I know full well how frustrating is having to read dozens of articles, check as many books and references only to write 10 page essays A name in a letter, an obscure allusion in a poem, or a detailed footnote can send anyone in that time consuming frenzy of wanting to knowThe The trouble of doing your research, whether you re writing fiction or nonfiction, is that seduced by those happy coincidences and curious facts you feel compelled to inc...

  5. Krista says:

    Some truths, like beauty, are best illuminated by the sidewise gleam of figuring, of meaning making In the course of our figuring, orbits intersect, often unbeknownst to the bodies they carry intersections mappable only from the distance of decades or centuries Facts crosshatch with other facts to shade in the nuances of a larger truth not relativism, no, but the mightiest realism we have We slice through the simultaneity by being everything at once our first names and our last names, o Some truths, like beauty, are best illuminated by the sidewise gleam of figuring, of meaning making In the course of our figuring, orbits intersect, often unbeknownst to the bodies they carry intersections mappable only from the distance of decades or centuries Facts crosshatch with other facts to shade in the nuances of a larger truth not relativism, no, but the mightiest realism we have We slice through the simultaneity by being everything at once our first names and our last names, our loneliness and our society, our bold ambition and our blind hope, our unrequited and part requited loves Lives are lived in parallel and perpendicular, fathomed nonlinearly, figured not in the straight graphs of biography but in many sided, many splendored diagrams Lives interweave with other lives, and out of the tapestry arise hints at answers to questions that raze to the bone of life What are the building blocks of character, of contentment, of lasting achievement How does a person come int...

  6. Katrin says:

    The author of this book, Maria Popova, is a well known curator of the excellent website brainpickings.org Brain Pickings has an eclectic collection of articles, books and other writings from various disciplines Each post introduces a work followed by the author s unique take on the creative work This site has provided me tons of recommendations for what next to read And that is why I jumped into this book as soon as i saw it on my recommended list on goodreads If nothing else this book woul The author of this book, Maria Popova, is a well known curator of the excellent website brainpickings.org Brain Pickings has an eclectic collection of articles, books and other writings from various disciplines Each post introduces a work followed by the author s unique take on the creative work This site has provided me tons of recommendations for what next to read And that is why I jumped into this book as soon as i saw it on my recommended list on goodreads If nothing else this book would be a treasure of trove of new paths to explore in my reading journey.The book opens with a bang It starts with a sentence that goes on and on for ever...

  7. Vanya says:

    I wonder how can one review a book as expansive and immersive as Figuring without somehow falling short in revealing its true splendour to its prospective readers There s only one thing that I can say about the book without a shadow of doubt it is every bit as incredible and layered as Brain Pickings that is run by Maria Popova, who happens to be the author of this splendid labour of love and intense research TheI try, theI fail to find the words that would do justice to this gen I wonder how can one review a book as expansive and immersive as Figuring without somehow falling short in r...

  8. Kristina Stefanova says:

    The first book by the author of the prominent blog Brain Pickings Maria Popova Maybe it will disrupt my already compiled reading list.I read the prelude just now and it is exciting

  9. Mehrsa says:

    I love Popova s blog and I ve been following her for years She is an excellent curator But I don t think her skills work in book format There were some really beautiful stories in here especially at the end If the book had just been Emily...

  10. Holly says:

    As seems fitting for the founder of the eclectic website Brainpickings, Maria Popova s book is itself eclectic and wise though not elliptic like that site tends to be it s quite substantive The intellectual lives and passions of Margaret Fuller, Emily Dickinson, Lise Meitner, and Rachel Carson, among others, are exhaustively described and mined It s dense and wordy rambling and tangential erudite and heavily researched but non scholarly genre busting and multidisciplinary but also em As seems fitting for the founder of the eclectic website Brainpickings, Maria Popova s book is itself eclectic and wise though not elliptic like that site tends to be it s quite substantive The intellectual lives and passions of Margaret Fuller, Emily Dick...

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