I will be interested in any book that Maria Popova writes about. The Brainpickings project she masterfully cultivates every week is one of the only mailing lists where I truly look forward to receiving the latest installment in my inbox. There is true love and passion in her work. So when I received a one-off email from Brainpickings, calling out this book and her upcoming review in the New York Times, I immediately took notice. From the email, Popova is effervescent in her praise of the author Janna Levin’s writing, and the enduring power of the story she is documenting:
This particular book is one of the finest I’ve ever read – the kind that will be read and cherished a century from now. Dr. Levin is a splendid writer of extraordinary intellectual elegance – partway between Galileo and Goethe, she fuses her scientific scrupulousness with remarkable poetic potency.