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A new map of wonders : a journey in search of modern marvels, Caspar Henderson

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A new map of wonders : a journey in search of modern marvels
Title
A new map of wonders
Title remainder
a journey in search of modern marvels
Statement of responsibility
Caspar Henderson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We live in a world that is known, every corner thoroughly explored. But has this knowledge cost us the ability to wonder? Wonder, Caspar Henderson argues, is at its most supremely valuable in just such a world because it reaffirms our humanity and gives us hope for the future. That’s the power of wonder, and that’s what we should aim to cultivate in our lives. But what are the wonders of the modern world? Henderson’s brilliant exploration borrows from the form of one of the oldest and most widely known sources of wonder: maps. Large, detailed mappae mundi invited people in medieval Europe to vividly imagine places and possibilities they had never seen before: manticores with the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the stinging tail of a scorpion; tribes of one-eyed men who fought griffins for diamonds; and fearsome Scythian warriors who drank the blood of their enemies from their skulls. As outlandish as these maps and the stories that went with them sound to us today, Henderson argues that our views of the world today are sometimes no less incomplete or misleading. Scientists are only beginning to map the human brain, for example, revealing it as vastly more complex than any computer we can conceive. Our current understanding of physical reality is woefully incomplete. A New Map of Wonders explores these and other realms of the wonderful, in different times and cultures and in the present day, taking readers from Aboriginal Australian landscapes to sacred sites in Great Britain, all the while keeping sight questions such as the cognitive basis of wonder and the relationship between wonder and science. Beautifully illustrated and written with wit and moral complexity, this sequel to The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is a fascinating account of the power of wonder and an unforgettable meditation on its importance to our future
Cataloging source
NLE
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Henderson, Caspar
Dewey number
031.02
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Curiosities and wonders
  • Marvelous, The
  • Technological innovations
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Wonder
Target audience
general
Label
A new map of wonders : a journey in search of modern marvels, Caspar Henderson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-355) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000061337595
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781783781331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1011147069
Label
A new map of wonders : a journey in search of modern marvels, Caspar Henderson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-355) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000061337595
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781783781331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1011147069

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