A choice of the Scientific American e-book club
Recommended by means of MSNBC, Los Angeles Times, & American organization for the development of Science’s SB&F magazine
“This terrific clinical memoir captures the romance and sweetness of study in special poetic prose that's as attractive and evocative as whatever written by means of Rilke, painted by way of Seurat, or performed by means of Casals.” —Mary Doria Russell, writer of Doc and The Sparrow
“A radiant love letter to technological know-how from a scientist with a poet’s soul . . . eco-friendly is a fantastic author, and his fierce concentration and mastery of favor are comparable to the biologist and essayist Lewis Thomas.” —Kirkus Reviews
In Boltzmann’s Tomb, invoice eco-friendly interweaves the tale of his personal lifelong evolution as a scientist, and his paintings within the Antarctic, with a travelogue that may be a own and common background of technology. Like Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder—this booklet serves as a fabulous creation to the nice figures of technology. besides lyrical meditations at the tragic lifetime of Galileo, the wildly eccentric Tycho Brahe, and the visionary Sir Isaac Newton, Green’s ruminations go back all through to the lesser-known determine of Ludwig Boltzmann. utilizing Boltzmann’s theories of randomness and entropy as a bigger metaphor for the unpredictable paths that our lives take, eco-friendly indicates us that technological know-how, like artwork, is a lived adventure.
invoice Green is a geochemist and professor emeritus at Miami collage in Oxford, Ohio. he's additionally the writer of Water, Ice & Stone: technological know-how and reminiscence at the Antarctic Lakes which obtained the yank Museum of average History’s John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing, was once a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and used to be excerpted in The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the best Writing at the Arctic and the Antarctic, edited via Elizabeth Kolbert.