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A Responsibility to Awe (2e)
Edited by Anne Berkeley, Angelo di Cintio and Bernard O'Donoghue
RRP: GBP 10.39
ISBN: 978 1 784106 56 0
Categories: 21st Century, American, Canadian, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: September 2018
160 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
Rebecca Elson's A Responsibility to Awe reissued as a Carcanet Classic
A Responsibility to Awe is a contemporary classic, a book of poems and reflections by a scientist for whom poetry was a necessary aspect of research, crucial to understanding the world and her place in it, even as, having contracted terminal cancer, she confronted her early death. Rebecca Elson was an astronomer; her work took her to the boundary of the visible and measurable. ‘Facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination,’ she wrote. Her poems, like her researches, build imaginative inferences and speculations, setting out from observation, undeterred by knowing how little we can know.
'If Stephen Hawking's last book opened your eyes to science writing, Rebecca Elson's reissued A Responsibility to Awe will open your heart to it.'
'With great poignancy, she shows us the world through the eyes of a human being faced by her finite time.'
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