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Chet Raymo

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22 April 1997
Honey from Stone is a series of lyrical meditations on science, nature and religion. Physics professor Chet Raymo takes as his inspiration a small corner of the West of Ireland, a place of mountain, sea and sky. Tramping the landscape of the Dingle Peninsula, he explores the wonder of the natural phenomena he sees all around him - the beauty of the fossils he finds along the coast, the brilliance of the meteor showers in the night sky, the chemistry of snowflakes on a nearby mountain. Honey from Stone is the spiritual journey of a man of science, an enquiry into whether scientific knowledge can be a satisfactory ground for spiritual experience.

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd (22 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863222323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863222320
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,433,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful book that is well worth reading. -- Irish Echo

An entrancing meditation on stones and stars and mossy ruins -- San Francisco Chronicle

Lovely essays brimming with nature mysticism -- Kirkus Review

This is the work of one who, besides being a science professor, is a true poet. -- Publishers Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars passionate, mystical, scientific, intellectual, inspired 13 July 2008
By Tom Randall - Published on Amazon.com
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Honey From Stone is one of the finest books I have ever read. It engaged me at so many levels such as the ones the title of this review suggests. Raymo is a polymath with a mystical bent. His approach to the universe is one of awe, a response which is passed along to the reader with tremendous success. It makes no pretense at being the kind of mystical babble suggested by authors such as Castenada. Rather, it is a book marked by sharp and passionate involvement with the world in which the author, a scientist by profession, lives. I can't praise it highly enough. I have passed my recommendations and enthusiasm (and copies) of the book to several friends. Their response was one of joy and appreciation at being introduced to Raymo's world. Please buy this book and savor it for all that it has to offer on so many levels.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It 19 Oct 2010
By lmgate - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoy Chet Raymo's style. He begins with a place and what he notices, then uses his knowledge of the universe and biology to describe and quite poetically lead the reader through the place with him. He is enthralled with the micro details and the macro patterns...always writing with the enthusiam of awe and the curiosity of a scientist. Love it along with other books he's written!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 30 May 2010
By Joe Nash - Published on Amazon.com
Buy this book. Written in beautiful, meaningful prose it is full of learning and wisdom and you can't ask for more than that. There is no need to know the area Chet Raymo traverses as the wonders and insights he imparts are not tied to a locality. You can read this in a city street and it will feel as if you are there anyway. Wonderful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less a search for God than a paean of praise 9 July 2013
By KAY AUGUSTINE - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book very much, but I think the subtitle is misleading. It seems to me that Raymo is less "searching for God" than wishing to answer St. Lawrence's question, "Whom should I adore, the Creator of the creature?" which Raymo does implicitly throughout the book and explicitly and profoundly in his final chapter, "Compline."
5.0 out of 5 stars poetic 3 May 2014
By I. N. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful and poetic book about the universe, the religion and the beautiful stones and hills of Kerry. Staying for a months as an artist in residency in a old historic stone cottages on the Atlantic coast in Kerry, this book by Chet Raymo, became my favorite book and kept inspire me, was my daily nectar in this splendid spot in the universe.
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