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Figuring by Maria Popova
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Feb 05, 2019 | ISBN 9781524748135

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“The polymathic Popova, presiding genius behind, looks at some of the forgotten heroes of science, art, and culture . . . she peppers thoughtful, lucid consideration of acts of the imagination with stories that, if ever aired before, are too little known . . . Throughout her complex, consistently stimulating narrative, the author blends biography, cultural criticism, and journalism to forge elegant connections: Dickinson feeds onto Carson, who looks back to Mitchell, who looks forward to Popova herself, and with plenty of milestones along the way . . . A lyrical work of intellectual history, one that Popova’s many followers will await eagerly and that deserves to win her many more.” Kirkus Reviews [starred]


L.A. Times Book Prize (Science and Tech) WINNER 2019

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction FINALIST 2020

Table Of Contents

1 only the dreamer wakes
2 to find dismooned among the stardust
3 what is lost and what is gained
4 of the infinite in the finite
5 to figure and transfigure
6 the much that calls for more
7 to brave the light of the world
8 that which exhausts and exalts
9 merely the beautiful
10 divided, indivisible
11 between sinew and spirit
12 between art and life
13 the banality of survival
14 shadowing the light of immortality
15 to gaze and turn away
16 from romance to reason
17 from terror to transcendence
18 unmastering
19 the heart’s circumference
20 bound by neither mind nor matter
21 in the darkness of being
22 searching for totality
23 into the unfathomed
24 where splendor dwells
25 to live and to vanish
26 between the scale of atoms and the scale of worlds
27 between the time of monarchs and the time of stars
28 tracing the thread of being
29 from shoreless seeds to stardust

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