A New Map of Wonders

A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels

Caspar Henderson

Published: 2 November 2017
Hardback, Royal HB
156x234mm, 364 pages
ISBN: 9781783781331
£20.00

Overview

A New Map of Wonders charts a course through the realm of the fascinating and awe-inspiring.

With the curiosity and enthusiasm of a great explorer, the award-winning Caspar Henderson celebrates and explains the wonder of light and the origins of the universe, the myriad marvels of the human body and the natural world -- and reveals the wonders to come: the technologies that will transform human experience and change what we will find wonderful.

Drawing on philosophy and natural history, art and religion, neuroscience and nanotechnology, A New Map of Wonders is a celebration of life -- a rich and inspiring guide, encouraging us to see the world anew.


About the author

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Caspar Henderson is a writer and journalist. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, New Scientist, the New York Review of Books, and other publications. From 2002 to 2005 he was a senior editor at OpenDemocracy. He received the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors in 2009 and the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award in 2010. He is the author of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, a bestiary for the 21st Century, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. He lives in Oxford, England. More about the author


Reviews

‘A wondrous brew of science, history, and sheer exhilaration. Read it and marvel’ Sarah Bakewell

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‘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’ Sam Guglani

‘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’

‘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, author of Being a Beast

‘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 rich range of literature, philosophy, art and music. He quite simply reweaves the rainbow’ Hugh Aldersey-Williams

‘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





 
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