The Resource Figuring

Figuring

Label
Figuring
Title
Figuring
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Subject
Summary
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
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Popova, Maria
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • History
  • Women's Studies
  • Nonfiction
Label
Figuring
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:465ab611-c254-49d8-890d-79e3a7263e84
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781524748142
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Figuring
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:465ab611-c254-49d8-890d-79e3a7263e84
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9781524748142
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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