From the dunes to the stars

From the dunes to the stars

6 March 2019 - Hugh Aldersey-Williams

You are unexpectedly struck by it almost anywhere you turn. I found it among the ditches of Zaanse Schans, in the glare from the sea as I cycled round Walcheren peninsula, and – disconcertingly – aboard a train crossing the Waal at Zaltbommel only moments after I had read in Amsterdam Stories Nescio’s description of the sun shining infinitely, eternally on the water there.

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams

(1959) is a British author, journalist and scientist. He is the author of several bestselling books exploring science, design and architecture and has curated exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Collection. He studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge. During his residency in Amsterdam, Aldersey-Williams did research for his new book Dutch Light (working title), about the life and work of Dutch Golden Age astronomer, mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens.