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The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected

A Natural Philosopher’s Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything

Distributed for ForeEdge

The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected

A Natural Philosopher’s Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything

Marcelo Gleiser has had a passion for science and fishing since he was a boy growing up on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Now a world-famous theoretical physicist with hundreds of scientific articles and several books of popular science to his credit, he felt it was time to connect with nature in less theoretical ways. After seeing a fly-fishing class on the Dartmouth College green, he decided to learn to fly-fish, a hobby, he says, that teaches humility. In The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected, Gleiser travels the world to scientific conferences, fishing wherever he goes. At each stop, he ponders how in the myriad ways physics informs the act of fishing; how, in its turn, fishing serves as a lens into nature’s inner workings; and how science engages with questions of meaning and spirituality, inspiring a sense of mystery and awe of the not yet known. Personal and engaging, The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected is a scientist’s tribute to nature, an affirmation of humanity’s deep connection with and debt to Earth, and an exploration of the meaning of existence, from atom to trout to cosmos.

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8

Physical Sciences: History and Philosophy of Physical Sciences


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Table of Contents

PROLOGUE • The Young Boy and the Sea • You Give to the River and the River Gives Back to You • A Note to the Reader • CUMBRIA, LAKE DISTRICT, UK • On Unsolvable Mysteries • Immortally Beautiful Open Spaces • Solitude and Solitons • Pattern Seeking • Leaders, Followers, and Outsiders • The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected • Belief • The Witch of Copacabana • Reason, Faith, and the Incompleteness of Knowledge • The Allure of the Mysterious • A Line between Two Worlds • A Path with a Heart • SÃO JOSÉ DOS AUSENTES, RIO GRANDE DO SUL, BRAZIL • Tropical Trout • Changing Your Worldview Is Hard to Do • Love in a Time of Science • Freedom in Attachment • Limits Are Triggers • The Immigrant and the Two Frogs • SANSEPOLCRO, TUSCANY, ITALY • Michelangelo’s Trout • Baby Earth, Baby Life • Knowledge the Endless Pursuit • Is Anybody Out There? • LAXÁ RIVER, MÝVATNSSVEIT, ICELAND • You Must Leave This Ship! • Primeval Landscape • Modern Creation Narrative: An Integrated View • Planetary Awareness • The Temple • Acknowledgments • Index

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