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Figuring(Hard Back)


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From the creator of Brain Pickings, a kaleidoscopic and original illumination of the lives and ideas of half a dozen women artists, writers and scientists each of whose paths would influence the lives of those who followed. 

Genius is local, governed by the protective spirit of a place, embedded, nurtured by circumstances and moments that are random, uncalculated, errant, only later observed as fateful. In Figuring, Maria Popova gives us the lives of five American women—the astronomer Maria Mitchell, the feminist Margaret Fuller, the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, the poet Emily Dickinson, and the marine biologist Rachel Carson—who come to be possessed by genius, find original directions to pursue. Figuring traces the hesitant, uncertain arcs of their influences, intersections, and self-encounters as they coalesce into something previously unimagined, their aspirations unfold in the completeness of being