Figuring

Figuring

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. S Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interco...

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Title:Figuring
Author:Maria Popova
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Figuring
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:592 pages pages

Figuring Reviews

  • Tiffany
    Jun 21, 2019
    This is like a beautifully written six-degrees-of-separation of science, literature, and art. The description of the book touts the book as exploring "the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning," then also notes "through the interconnected lives of several ...
  • Zach
    Mar 31, 2019
    Anyone looking for a good and honest Assessment of how women have been erased from literary and scientific history... Well, here it is. ...
  • Rebecca
    Nov 02, 2018
    I have fallen in love with Maria Popova's weekly newsletter, Brain Pickings, and I cannot wait for this book. ...
  • Melissa
    Feb 02, 2019
    For the first third or so of the book I wasn?t quite sure what Popova was really getting at. There were a lot of historical figures surrounding her ?main? subjects and I was having a little bit of trouble keeping up with the jumps back and forth (and I kept confusing Maria Mitche...
  • Josh
    Feb 22, 2019
    As soon as I finished "Figuring," I sent the copy I read to one of my closest friends, and I only wish I had more copies to send to more people. As I read this book, I found it very difficult to describe what it was about when people asked. "Figuring" does not comfortably fit into a...
  • Tree
    Apr 20, 2019
    I power-read this book by a favorite author, as once I started it, I had a hard time putting it down, eager to see who and how Popova was going to link to next in her big book of biographies. My head is spinning with the wonder of literature, biography, math, history, art, poetry, scie...
  • Mehrsa
    Feb 13, 2019
    I love Popova's blog and I've been following her for years. She is an excellent curator. But I don't think her skills work in book format. There were some really beautiful stories in here--especially at the end. If the book had just been Emily Dickinson And Rachel Carson, it would have...
  • Ana
    Feb 19, 2019
    The trouble of doing your research, whether you?re writing fiction or nonfiction, is that - seduced by those happy coincidences and curious facts - you feel compelled to include almost everything in your final work. I know full well how frustrating is having to read dozens of article...
  • Kristina Stefanova
    Feb 05, 2019
    The first book by the author of the prominent blog Brain Pickings - Maria Popova. Maybe it will disrupt my already compiled reading list. I read the prelude just now and it is exciting! :) ...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Feb 09, 2019
    How does one begin to explain a book like Figuring? Honestly, I don?t know, however, I shall try. The book Figuring is much like Popova?s site, brainpickings.org: it is sort of a Russian doll, revealing layer after layer after layer, only if you wish to see it, or perhaps experienc...
  • Mimi
    Jun 07, 2019
    In many ways brilliant, sometimes wordy, overall a work of genius. It takes awhile to get into because of the overwrought language, but the lives of Margaret Fuller, Emily Dickinson and Rachel Carson are handled very well. Now that I'm used to her language, I'm going to go back and rer...
  • Renee
    Apr 24, 2019
    This book made my head spin, you can't help but be smarter after reading it. The writing is very, very, very beautiful. ...
  • Krista
    May 26, 2019
    Some truths, like beauty, are best illuminated by the sidewise gleam of figuring, of meaning-making. In the course of our figuring, orbits intersect, often unbeknownst to the bodies they carry ? intersections mappable only from the distance of decades or centuries. Facts crosshatch ...
  • Paul
    Feb 28, 2019
    Interesting pieces that didn?t quite come together as a whole for me. ...
  • Holly
    Mar 23, 2019
    As seems fitting for the founder of the eclectic website "Brainpickings," Maria Popova's book is itself eclectic and wise - though not elliptic like that site tends to be - it's quite substantive. The intellectual lives and passions of Margaret Fuller, Emily Dickinson, Lise Meitner, an...
  • Elisabeth Young
    Mar 03, 2019
    It is very affecting and beautiful writing and the author artfully weaves together many figures from the past, predominantly women. The way she speaks of their relationships is very rare to find indeed. I will read this many times. I can see this offering something fresh on every read....
  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
    Feb 21, 2019
    I don?t really like to read biographies. Even at that, this book was not strictly a biography, but at its core it was three not very original biographies of three different women, Margret Fuller, Emily Dickerson, and Rachel Carson. I just can?t help but think that real biographers ...
  • Jeimy
    Mar 13, 2019
    Popova uses a seemingly tenuous thread to connect the biographies of several luminaries. When the last page was read I was in awe of what the author accomplished. I am definitely going to reread this. ...
  • Radmila Mladenova
    Mar 03, 2019
    As with her blog, Maria Popova proves once again that she is a brainy and brilliant synthesiser, churning up valuable texts to skim the buttercream off the top for her readership. Her book in not a biography ? and it is a pity that it has been judged here, rather harshly, against ...
  • Taylor Ahlstrom
    Mar 14, 2019
    Maria Popova?s Figuring is a transcendent work of astronomy, history, biography, chemistry, poetry, ecology, literature, philosophy, and wonder. From Kepler in the sixteenth century to Carson in the twentieth, Popova?s narrative attempts to seamlessly weave together the personal...
  • Ric Dragon
    Mar 23, 2019
    Wow, wow, wow, and, just wow. This was such a spectacular book: Popova?s prose is so well crafted and considered - but moreso the overarching theme, her poking away at the synchronicities, and the sheer underlying celebration. ...
  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    Mar 09, 2019
    DNF at 20% I really wanted to like this novel highlighting underrated people in science, philosophy, writing, but the writing was too philosophical and lengthy to keep my attention. I wouldn?t say this is a necessarily bad read, but it wasn?t my cup of tea, sadly. ...
  • Chel
    Mar 22, 2019
    Imagine standing inside of one of Gaudi's gravity models. You're eye-height with the small weights and fine lines that connect everything in small swoops of thin rope. There is a mystery as to what final shapes are intended and the strong sense of time: both the time it clearly took to...
  • Jean Rhude
    Feb 12, 2019
    I am loving this book. Amazing first sentence and it just gets better and better. ...
  • Vanya
    Apr 07, 2019
    I wonder how can one review a book as expansive and immersive as Figuring without somehow falling short in revealing its true splendour to its prospective readers. There?s only one thing that I can say about the book without a shadow of doubt ? it is every bit as incredible and lay...
  • Nperlong
    Feb 17, 2019
    I was excited for this book for so long because I love the authors blog. I really wanted to like this book, but I just gave up about 30 percent of the way in. It is extremely hard to follow and quite a chore to read because there are too many people introduced in seemingly disparate th...
  • Grace Sanchez
    Mar 27, 2019
    This book takes a deep dive into the lives (both of hearts and minds) of many female and male scientists, artists and writers making connections across time. If you approach it with an open mind and no need to rush it is both fascinating and inspiring. If you think you can speed read t...
  • David
    May 01, 2019
    This is an achingly beautiful book. I love Maria Popova's work at her site Brainpickings, and I love how her mind works, how she moves from physics to philosophy to poetry. I love how she weaves together such beautiful stories of love and discovery and tragedy and triumph, how she capt...
  • Katrin
    Feb 16, 2019
    The author of this book, Maria Popova, is a well known curator of the excellent website brainpickings.org. Brain Pickings has an eclectic collection of articles, books and other writings from various disciplines. Each post introduces a work followed by the author's unique take on the c...
  • Asif B.
    Feb 23, 2019
    michigan daily review to come -- but this was a dense beautiful read ...