A One-Mile Walk Through the Universe
Publication Date: March 17, 2009
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“Here Raymo seeks—and finds—the laws of nature and the existential problems of man hidden under every leaf and rock, or caught in the murmur of running water…What history is hidden outside your front door?”—Los Angeles TimesFor almost forty years, Chet Raymo walked a one-mile path from his house to the college where he taught, chronicling the universe by observing every detail of his route with a scientist’s curiosity, a historian’s respect for the past, and a child’s capacity for wonder. With each step, the landscape he traversed became richer, suggesting ever deeper aspects of astronomy, history, biology, and literature, and making the path universal in scope. His insights inspire us to turn our local paths into portals to greater understanding of our interconnectedness with nature and history.
Chet Raymo is the author of Walking Zero, An Intimate Look at the Night Sky, and many other books. A winner of a Lannan Literary Award, he lives in North Easton, Massachusetts.