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A responsibilty to awe (First edition 2001)

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Carcanet 2001. First edition softback in excellent condition - some figures written in pencil on back end paper otherwise book is as new.

Rebecca Elson was an astronomer. Her work took her to the boundary of the visible and measurable. "Facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination", she wrote. Her research involved "dark matter" - hidden mass which can be inferred only from its influence on observable objects: "As if, from fireflies, one could infer the field". Her poems, too, make inferences and speculate, setting out always from meticulous observation and not deterred by a knowledge of how little we can know of the universe. She agreed with Einstein's "A clear explanation that anyone can understand": she makes it possible for general readers to imagine how space curves, how each of us centres a universe of our own, and how much more there may be than our technologically enhanced perceptions allow us to experience. Extracts from notebooks record the ways in which she refined her understanding. "A Responsibility to Awe" collects her best poetry and extracts from her notebooks. An autobiographical essay provides background to this alert imagination, from her upbringing as a geologist's daughter in Canada to her scientific career around the world.

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Author(s):
Rebecca Elson
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
13.5cm by 21.5cm by 1cm
Edition:
First
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1903039541
ISBN-13:
9781903039540
Number of pages:
159
Publisher:
Carcanet
Title:
A responsibilty to awe (First edition 2001)

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Carcanet 2001. First edition softback in excellent condition - some figures written in pencil on back end paper otherwise book is as new.

Rebecca Elson was an astronomer. Her work took her to the boundary of the visible and measurable. "Facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination", she wrote. Her research involved "dark matter" - hidden mass which can be inferred only from its influence on observable objects: "As if, from fireflies, one could infer the field". Her poems, too, make inferences and speculate, setting out always from meticulous observation and not deterred by a knowledge of how little we can know of the universe. She agreed with Einstein's "A clear explanation that anyone can understand": she makes it possible for general readers to imagine how space curves, how each of us centres a universe of our own, and how much more there may be than our technologically enhanced perceptions allow us to experience. Extracts from notebooks record the ways in which she refined her understanding. "A Responsibility to Awe" collects her best poetry and extracts from her notebooks. An autobiographical essay provides background to this alert imagination, from her upbringing as a geologist's daughter in Canada to her scientific career around the world.

Author(s):
Rebecca Elson
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
13.5cm by 21.5cm by 1cm
Edition:
First
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1903039541
ISBN-13:
9781903039540
Number of pages:
159
Publisher:
Carcanet
Title:
A responsibilty to awe (First edition 2001)

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