The Impossible Cosmos: A Year of Amateur Astronomy and Big Questions

 
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After flirting with cosmology for decades, speculative philosopher Walt McLaughlin acquires a 4.5-inch telescope then plunges deep into the night sky with all the passion of a seeker on a quest for truth. Viewing is accompanied by intense study as the author teaches himself the basics of astronomy and ventures into theoretical physics in an effort to understand the nature of the universe. The result is an excursion through various beliefs and hard-won facts, from ancient times to the present, punctuated by direct encounters with celestial objects. The Impossible Cosmos is a narrative of one man’s backyard discoveries, as well as a grand tour of cosmic phenomena and the questions they compel us to answer.

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Walt McLaughlin received a degree in philosophy from Ohio University in 1977 and has been wondering, wandering and writing ever since. He has a dozen books in print, including a narrative about his immersion in the Alaskan bush, Arguing with the Wind, and one about hiking Vermont’s Long Trail, Forest under my Fingernails. He is also the force behind a small press called Wood Thrush Books, and has selected and published the works of several 19th-century writers including The Laws of Nature: Excerpts from the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. He lives in Saint Albans, Vermont with his wife, Judy.

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