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The Scientist and the Romantic.,
This review is from: The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn (Hardcover)
This short book - only 110 pages - contains 6 chapters, each devoted to an investigation of how the senses help us interact with and understand the natural world.
At first I had a rather unfortunate sense of déjà vu as I read the first few pages of the book. Here were the Barn Owl, the Field behind Mabey's old home and John Clare - all subjects that he has covered elsewhere. But the book soon moves into fresher areas.
In essence this book is a plea for people to understand that romance, or at least flights of imagination, is a vital part of scientific discovery. Mayey makes the case for the idea that feeling and understanding are linked, and that while we can sail too close to the wind in terms of imposing our feelings and reactions on to the natural world, the very least we can do is admit that we can never really be impartial observers.
An excellent little book on a worthwhile subject.
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2014 14:21:06 GMT
Lady Fancifull says:
Oh you have absolutely sold this to me on the basis of that brilliant final paragraph of your review.
It is winging its way to me across the Kindle waves and is likely to go to the top of the To Be Read pile!
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