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A paradigm shifting space odyssey
on July 10, 2002
I have been collecting this Walkers series and I have to say was not expecting anything like this little diamond. At face value it is a small guide to the solar system. But in fact my guess is that nothing even remotely like this book has ever appeared in print before. I predict people will look back on A Little Book of Coincidence as a defining moment in the story of man's understanding of what he is, what conscious life is, and where it appears in the universe.
The images are done in the style of old engravings, and indeed, as you enter the world as John Martineau presents it you feel as if you are reading some long lost magical text - each page is rich, precious, extraordinary and challenging. It becomes clear that Earth is much more special than simply being the right distance from the Sun. Martineau shows the Moon, Venus, Mars and Mercury as all manifesting simple relationships in time and space. These have all stayed with me and won't go away.
This is really a book about the ancient vision of the Harmony of the Spheres, and yet it is terrifyingly modern, bold, original and impossible to dismiss (as I keep trying to). It haunts one, initiates the reader and I still can't quite believe it actually exists!
An all time planet earth classic. How Plato or Kepler would have enjoyed this read.