The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected: A Natural Philosopher's Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything

The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected: A Natural Philosopher's Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything

by Marcelo Gleiser


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611684414
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 846,973
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MARCELO GLEISER is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and National Science Foundation. He is the author of several books of popular science, including A Tear at the Edge of Creation, The Dancing Universe, and The Island of Knowledge. Gleiser is the cofounder of and a regular contributor to the NPR science blog 13.7 Cosmos and Culture.

Table of Contents

The Young Boy and the Sea
You Give to the River and the River Gives Back to You
A Note to the Reader
On Unsolvable Mysteries
Immortally Beautiful Open Spaces
Solitude and Solitons
Pattern Seeking
Leaders, Followers, and Outsiders
The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected
The Witch of Copacabana
Reason, Faith, and the Incompleteness of Knowledge
The Allure of the Mysterious
A Line between Two Worlds
A Path with a Heart
Tropical Trout
Changing Your Worldview Is Hard to Do
Love in a Time of Science
Freedom in Attachment
Limits Are Triggers
The Immigrant and the Two Frogs
Michelangelo’s Trout
Baby Earth, Baby Life
Knowledge the Endless Pursuit
Is Anybody Out There?
You Must Leave This Ship!
Primeval Landscape
Modern Creation Narrative: An Integrated View
Planetary Awareness
The Temple

What People are Saying About This

Jeremy Lucas

“The fly-fishing is naively beautiful. The physics is just beautiful. But the conclusion to the journey of a man so engaged by both—the epiphany—is magnificent and should be shared by us all.”

Adam Frank

“With wit, charm, humor, and passion, Gleiser pulls off that rarest of catches—connecting the most fundamental and sublime aspects of science with the most intimate and ordinary experience of fishing.From a river in Iceland to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Gleiser seamlessly pulls together disparate themes of life and questions of meaning.Full of warmth and deep insight, The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected is a meditation on human significance in a vast Universe that is full of both fish and stars.”

Sean Carroll

“The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected is an elegantly written, introspective, and thought-provoking meditation on growing up as someone curious about the universe. It’s a wonderful introduction to the human side of science and the scientific side of being human.”

Barbara King

“Whether teasing apart the known, the unknown, and the unknowable in science, or immersing us inthe natural world of Brazil or Iceland, Marcelo Gleiser’s words sing on the page. You don’t have to fish or seek out spiritual experiences to love this book (I do neither). I was absolutely delighted with Marcelo’s joy in nature, with his reasons for not eating meat, and with the wonderful surprise for all animal lovers at the end of this compelling and highly personal narrative.”

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