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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Reese Forbes
    Mar 21, 2019
    A book for everybody - focuses on women scientists and writers (and the men associated with them) from the 1800s to recent. ...
  • 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...
  • José Luis
    Apr 14, 2019
    Lindo livro. Brilhante, só possível por autores sérios, que conhecem profundamente o assunto, e que fazem um projeto bem estruturado e organizado da obra. Uma costura pelas obras de poetisas, escritoras e cientistas que viveram no século XIX nos EUA. Ligando talento, liberação, s...
  • 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...
  • Gretchen Lida
    Feb 27, 2019
    This book= magic. ...
  • Yana
    Feb 13, 2019
    ?? ?????? ??? ????????? ?? ??????????? Brain Pickings ?? ????? ??????, ??????? ?? ???????? ???? ??????? ???????? ?????? ?? ???. ??????? ???, ?? ?? ? ?????. ...
  • 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...
  • Pat Carroll
    Feb 18, 2019
    Meh. An excellent curator and blogger, Maria Popova here stretches the nature of narrative beyond use. There are simply too many peripheral idea and sidebar points in the story she wants to tell. ...
  • fewpagesmore
    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 cr...
  • Asif B.
    Feb 23, 2019
    michigan daily review to come -- but this was a dense beautiful read ...
  • Book Mark
    Feb 19, 2019
    I get Maria Popova's brain pickings mailer and it is nicely done, to say the least. Having said that, the articles, largely to do with philosophy - works of literature and the humanities, can be sometimes overlong and the liberal use of hyperlinks - much like Wikipedia articles, leave ...