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This ordinary stardust : a scientist's path from grief to wonder / Alan R. Townsend.

Townsend, Alan R., (author.).

"A decade ago, Dr. Alan Townsend's family received two unthinkable, catastrophic diagnoses: his 4-year-old daughter and his brilliant and vivacious wife developed unrelated, life-threatening forms of brain cancer. As he witnessed his young daughter fight during the courageous final months of her mother's life, Townsend - a lifelong scientist - was indelibly altered. He began to see scientific inquiry as more than a source of answers to a given problem, but also as a lifeboat: a lens on the world that could help him find peace with the painful realities he could not change. Through scientific wonder, he found ways to bring meaning to his darkest period. At a time when society's relationship with science is increasingly polarized while threats to human life on earth continue to rise, Townsend offers a balanced, moving perspective on the common ground between science and religion through the spiritual fulfillment he found in his work. Awash in Townsend's electrifying and breathtaking prose, This ordinary stardust offers hope that life can carry on even in the face of near-certain annihilation"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781538741184
  • ISBN: 1538741180
  • Physical Description: 262 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2024.
Subject: Townsend, Alan R.
Townsend, Alan R. > Family.
Spouses of cancer patients > United States > Biography.
Brain > Cancer > Patients > Family relationships.
Religion and science.
Genre: Informational works.

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Gettysburg Library BIOG TOWN-A (Text)
Endowment: F. William and Helen Darrah Named Endowment, 2024
35740636068348 New Nonfiction Checked Out 07/05/2024

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