Books: The Importance of Reverie

THE MIND AS NATURE (60 pp.)—Loren Eiseley—Harper & Row ($2.75).

"There is a legend circulating about a late distinguished scientist who, in his declining years, persisted in wearing enormous padded boots. He had developed a wholly irrational fear of falling through the interstices of that largely empty molecular space which common men in their folly speak of as the world." To this extent, writes Anthropologist Loren Eiseley, 55, has the world of science diverged from the world of common sense, with little communication between them. In his own field, Eiseley has labored to rejoin...

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