Weaving together anecdote, philosophical reflection, and keen observation with the soul and skill of a poet, Eiseley offers a brilliant, companionable introduction to the sciences, paving the way for writers like Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, and Neil de Grasse Tyson.
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He imagines trotting through the woods or rushing across a wind-driven valley in pursuit of prey even miles distant, exulting in the animal grace and freedom of it.
Honestly, you find your pulse rising and your breath increasing as you read this and imagine trotting along beside him!
Eiseley, Loren 1907– Eiseley, a distinguished anthropologist and an authority on the theories of Darwin, has won awards for both his scientific and his literary writing. ed.) Some of the quotations in ["The Unexpected Universe"] … I would not have expected someone who is an American and a scientist to have read such little-known literary works as the "Völuspá," James Thomson's "The City of Dreadful Night," and Charles Williams' play "Cranmer." I have one slight criticism of [Dr.
He is a poet, but it is the eloquence of his prose as he seeks meaning beyond scientific discovery that is remarkable. Eiseley's] literary style, which I will get over with at once.
As it met the water, he said, 'It made a difference for that one.' Eiseley then writes that although he then left the young man, he kept reflecting on their exchange.
Suddenly, he stopped, turned around, and went back to that shoreline where he, too, began to slowly and respectfully fling beached starfish into the sea.
He has the eye of a painter and the lyrical beauty of narrative style of a poet.
Whether he is describing floating down a sha I first encountered this wonderful writer back in the '70s as his books were coming out in paperback, and marveled then at his graceful, insightful writing style.