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Eureka: A Prose Poem

Edgar Allan Poe

Book Overview: 

Eureka is Poe's attempt at explaining the universe, using his general proposition "Because Nothing was, therefore All Things are". In it, Poe discusses man's relationship to God and the universe or, as he offers at the beginning: "I design to speak of the Physical, Metaphysical and Mathematical – of the Material and Spiritual Universe: of its Essence, its Origin, its Creation, its Present Condition and its Destiny". In keeping with this design, Poe concludes "that space and duration are one" and that matter and spirit are made of the same essence.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ence that an attempt to bring together any two differences will result in a development of electricity. All existing bodies, of course, are composed of these atoms in proximate contact, and are therefore to be considered as mere assemblages of more or fewer differences; and the resistance made by the repulsive spirit, on bringing together any two such assemblages, would be in the ratio of the two sums of the differences in each:—an expression which, when reduced, is equivalent to this:—The amount of electricity developed on the approximation of two bodies, is proportional[37] to the difference between the respective sums of the atoms of which the bodies are composed. That no two bodies are absolutely alike, is a simple corollary from all that has been here said. Electricity, therefore, existing always, is developed whenever any bodies, but manifested only when bodies of appreciable difference, are brought into approximation.

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Community Reviews

I'm really not at all sure what to think of this essay. Apparently it's Poe's last great work and he himself thought of it as an enormous breakthrough in thinking. Also it begins with some of his characteristic snideness, leading some readers to wonder if it wasn't a put on, one more jab at the tran

”...All Things and All Thoughts of Things, with all their ineffable Multiplicity of relation, sprang at once into being from the primordial and irrelative One.”

Nel 1848 Edgar Allan Poe era uno scrittore affermato e riconosciuto come eccezionale romanziere eppure durante una conferenza tenutasi quell’anno a New York egli si dimostró essere anche un ottimo filosofo naturalista proponendo una dissertazione sull’origine dell’universo.

Nella sua intuizione convi

3.5 Stars
rounded up to 4 Stars for its ingenious insights and uncanny intuitive predictions and in showing the readers his beliefs which were the foundations behind his writing A Descent Into the Maelström and MS Found in a Bottle. This is a book one does not gulp down but sips slowly.

"To the f

Poe describes the big bang 80 years before its "confirmation", talks ostensably about black holes & and synthesizes eastern philosophy with western cosmology.

The traditionally celebrated fiction writer does all this while explicitly arguing that imagination can be as important as fact and deduction

A wild work with suggestions at a Big Bang, mention of the principle of relativity in passing, and subtle clues for the existence of the Higgs boson, as well as dark matter. A very unique and intensely imaginative (un)scientific treatise on science praised by Einstein himself.

Да је Едгар Алан По највећи писац у историји људског рода није нам непознато, као ни чињеница да су његова дјела веома разгалила моје младалачко срце кад сам био млад. Почео сам да га читам мислим у седмом или осмом основне и вјероватно је његова кривица што сам стално добијао јединице из лектире у

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