A New Map of Wonders

A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels

Caspar Henderson

Published: 26 October 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


Events

22/11/2017, 19:00 - 20:00

Caspar Henderson 'A New Book of Wonders'

What is wonder, where can we find it, and how can it change our lives? Caspar Henderson, author the 'The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st-Century Bestiary', will be joining us to discuss his fascinating new publication 'A New Map of Wonders'. From divine visions seen in whirlwinds and burning bushes, to the Romantic Era's fascination with the wilds of nature, our sense of wonder has long served as a starting point for experiencing the world. Beautiful, strangely essential, and for a good part of history, often inexplicable, these encounters with wonder have drawn us deeper into the mystery of what it means to be alive, and to confront our collective challenges. But today, in our rapidly accelerating culture, this intuitive celebration of wonder can pass by unnoticed. What might be lost when we overlook wonder in all its daily guises? And how might we cultivate a sense of wonder that is fit for our technologically-advanced time? Charting these emerging territories with the curiosity and enthusiasm of some of our great explorers, Caspar Henderson's 'A New Map of Wonders' sets out to answer these questions.
Blackwell's Oxford, 51 Broad St, Oxford, OX1 3BQ

25/11/2017, 09:00

Medicine Unboxed 2017: MAPS

Conference is Saturday 25th - Sunday 26 Nov, 09:00-17:00 both days. Speakers at Medicine Unboxed 2017: MAPS include LIZ BERRY SARAH PERRY DENISE RILEY SARA WHEELER LARA PAWSON KATE CLANCHY MONA ARSHI EIMEAR MCBRIDE DAVID MITCHELL PHILIP MARSDEN DANNY DORLING TIM DEE LAURENCE REES CASPAR HENDERSON RICHARD HORTON SHELDON THOMAS DAVID NOTT Medicine Unboxed aims to inspire conversation in healthcare, engaging the public together with healthcare audiences in exploring issues central to thinking about good medicine: humanity, illness, social justice and mortality. We believe that the arts and humanities can illuminate this perspective, fostering debate, awe and perhaps even humility.
Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, Parabola Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3AA

16/11/2017, 19:00 - 21:00

A New Map of Wonders

Hear award-winning writer and journalist Caspar Henderson in conversation with philosopher and best-selling author Roman Krznaric. They'll be discussing Caspar's new book A New Map of Wonders, which charts a course through the realm of the fascinating and awe-inspiring. Drawing on philosophy and natural history, art and religion, neuroscience and nanotechnology, A New Map of Wonders is a celebration of life and a rich and inspiring guide, encouraging us to see the world anew.
Libreria Bookshop, 65 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JP





 
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