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Cosmicomics / Edition 1
     

Cosmicomics / Edition 1

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by Italo Calvino
 

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ISBN-10: 0156226006

ISBN-13: 2900156226003

Pub. Date: 10/28/1976

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

During the course of these stories Calvino toys with continuous creation, the transformation of matter, and the expanding and contracting reaches of space and time. His characters, made out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures, disport themselves among galaxies, experience the solidification of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence,

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During the course of these stories Calvino toys with continuous creation, the transformation of matter, and the expanding and contracting reaches of space and time. His characters, made out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures, disport themselves among galaxies, experience the solidification of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games with hydrogen atoms, and have a love life. Calvino succeeds in relating complex scientific concepts to the ordinary reactions of common humanity.

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ISBN-13:
2900156226003
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1976
Series:
Harbrace Paperbound Library
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
168

Table of Contents

The Distance of the Moon
3(16)
At Daybreak
19(12)
A Sign in Space
31(12)
All at One Point
43(8)
Without Colors
51(12)
Games Without End
63(8)
The Aquatic Uncle
71(14)
How Much Shall We Bet?
85(12)
The Dinosaurs
97(18)
The Form of Space
115(12)
The Light-Years
127(14)
The Spiral
141

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Cosmicomics 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Ever since our ancestors started looking into the night sky, the saw patterns and connections between the stars, moons and planets, and used stories and myths to imbue those patterns with meaning and structure. With the big hindsight of the scientific worldview, all those ancient stories may seem quaint and naïve. And indeed, the advent of modern astronomy and astrophysics has greatly enriched and deepened our understanding of the Cosmos. But these wonderful new insights should not be taken in opposition to our imagination when we stare in the sky. And this is the starting point of Italo Calvino's wonderful book "Cosmicomics." It is in a sense a variation on the theme of Cosmos. Each one of the chapters in the book takes a certain scientific fact about the Cosmos, its evolution and the present state, and turns it into an imaginative story with a deeply personal theme. The main protagonist, whimsically named Qfwfq, is present in many forms throughout history of the Cosmos and he narrates its main events through very personal eyes. Many of the stories are love stories of the most imaginative kind, which is not surprising since Calvino is known and excels at that genre. Overall this is a wonderful book that tries to reestablish a very human face of the Cosmos. I highly recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell head over heels in love with the first story, The Distance of the Moon. In Cosmicomics, Calvino writes with magic and beauty. For anyone who grew up completely immersed in Aesop's Fables and the fantasy and mere aesthetic pleasure of it, read this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could anyone but Calvino write compelling romances centered around things like the beginnings of color on Earth or the proximity of the moon? Or, best of all, the unforgettable final story, which implies that all of the variety of life on Earth was created as a spontaneous act of love?