20 August 2017

Advance praise for A New Map of Wonders

A wondrous brew of science, history, and sheer exhilaration. Read it and marvel.  — Sarah Bakewell 
This book does exactly what it says on the cover, and shows us where wonder is to be found. His account of familiar phenomena shows how unfamiliar and extraordinary they really are. — Philip Pullman  
What a thrillingly uplifting antidote to these grim and gloomy times Caspar Henderson has created here! To be reminded of all the wonder in the world is a marvellous gift, all the more so because it is so beautifully presented. And if there is anyone who would not delight in this magical compendium of true things, they are surely the ones who need it most. — Philip Ball 
For Henderson, the universe is constantly birthing wonders. A book that tries to give articulate voice to the gasps of astonishment at each birth is almost bound to fail. Yet this is a glorious success: breathless but musical; humble but confident; smart, kind, and glittering. It will turn the most jaded reductionist into a delighted child. — Charles Foster  
Caspar Henderson’s writing astonishes. It crosses boundaries and defies categorisation. It is a map for the curious and a call to arms. It asks us to wonder more and to wonder better, to actually see the gifts that buffet us but also our duty to them. He is my cartographer of choice for these odd and troubled times.  — Samir Gugliani 
Engagingly written and full of fascinations, Caspar Henderson's new book is such a delight. It's both eye-opening and awe-inspiring, as it conjures up the rich spell of Earth's wonders. — Diane Ackerman 
For there to be science there must first be wonder.  Caspar Henderson teaches us how to wonder anew with a new vision of science illuminated by a range of literature, philosophy, art and music. He quite simply reweaves the rainbow. — Hugh Aldersey-Williams
A New Map of Wonders will be published by Granta and Chicago University Press on 2 November 2017

26 May 2017

An addressable reality

A poem, as a manifestation of language and, thus, essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the — not always greatly hopeful — belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense too are under way: they are making toward something. Toward what? Toward something standing open, occupiable, perhaps toward an addressable Thou, toward an addressable reality.
Paul Celan


Image: North polar region of Jupiter. MSSS/SwRI/JPL-Caltech/NASA

13 February 2017

Cover

Here is the front cover of A New Map of Wonders, which will be published in autumn 2017 by Granta in the UK and Chicago University Press in the US.


The new Granta catalogue containing a description of the book is online here