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Who’s that out there?

Ian Stewart, 14 May 1992

The Mind’s Sky 
by Timothy Ferris.
Bantam, 281 pp., £16.99, March 1992, 0 593 02644 6
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... as generations of undergraduates have been taught – that a painting is not reality? No, says Timothy Ferris, because Magritte wouldn’t have taken that much trouble to tell us something so crass. ‘The danger that people will try to smoke paintings of pipes or eat paintings of pears does not rank high among the hazards confronting the working ...


Catherine Caufield, 18 May 1989

Three Scientists and their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information 
by Robert Wright.
Times, 324 pp., $18.95, April 1988, 0 8129 1328 0
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Coming of Age in the Milky Way 
by Timothy Ferris.
Bodley Head, 495 pp., £14.95, May 1989, 0 370 31332 1
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Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St John 
by Isaac Newton.
Modus Vivendi, 323 pp., £800
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What do you care what other people think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character 
by Richard Feynman.
Unwin Hyman, 255 pp., £11.95, February 1989, 0 04 440341 0
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... technical story into a thought-provoking drama, though his eagerness to be human can go too far. Timothy Ferris’s new book, Coming of Age in the Milky Way, charts mankind’s attempts to understand the origin and scope of the universe. The ancients thought that the sky hung low overhead, that the stars were just out of reach. To Heraclitus the Sun was ...

Time Longer than Rope

Greil Marcus, 16 November 1995

... hysterical can as easily leave you wondering if you heard anything at all. ‘Now, I come in on a Ferris wheel,’ Dylan opens the last verse of the song, a hint of delight in his voice (why not, after coming up with an entrance worthy of the mythic Texas wrangler Pecos Bill?), ‘and boys, I sure was slick. I come in like a ton of bricks, laid a few tricks ...

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