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Author Heemstra, Marjolijn van, 1981- author.

Title In light-years there's no hurry : cosmic perspectives on everyday life / Marjolijn van Heemstra ; translated by Jonathan Reeder.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2023]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  839 Heemstra,M HEE    Available
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Edition First American edition.
Description 160 pages ; 21 cm
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Language In English, translated from Dutch.
Note Translation of: In lichtjaren heeft niemand haast.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "How seeing Earth through the eyes of an astronaut brings new wonder and meaning to life on our planet. One stifling summer night, the poet and journalist Marjolijn van Heemstra lay awake, unable to sleep-like so many of us feeling anxious and alienated, deeply exhausted yet restless. Amid the suffocating stream of daily obligations, the clamor of notifications and increasingly dismal headlines, she longed for a way to rise above the frenzy, for a renewed sense of meaning and connection. Then she learned about the overview effect-a permanent shift in consciousness many astronauts experience when beholding Earth from outside the atmosphere-and wondered: could the perspective of outer space offer the internal space she sought? The lyrical account of van Heemstra's yearlong quest to experience the overview effect on Earth, In Light-Years There's No Hurry invites us to lift our gaze above eye level and discover our connections with the cosmos, our planet, and each other. We follow as van Heemstra's cosmic awareness expands and she finds herself feeling simultaneously lighter and more grounded. Compared with the complexity of the universe, daily life on Earth begins to seem more manageable, while understanding the improbability of our collective existence gives her new patience and tenderness for her neighbors. The grand rhythms of light-years and eons become a source of restoration and relief-a comforting, necessary reminder to slow down and zoom out. Contemplating the solace a cosmic perspective offers in our chaotic, divided world, In Light-Years There's No Hurry is a moving meditation on what it is to be human amid the vastness of the universe"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Heemstra, Marjolijn van, 1981-
Earth (Planet) -- Philosophy.
Genre/Form Essays.
Added Author Reeder, Jonathan, translator.
Added Title In lichtjaren heeft niemand haast. English
In light-years there is no hurry
ISBN 9781324035695 (cloth)
1324035692 (cloth)

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