Field of the Sky
Collection of Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Many years ago, I encountered a slice of a nickel-iron meteorite—an object formed at the beginning of our solar system roughly 4.56 billion years ago. It was cool to the touch, surprisingly heavy, and had been polished and etched to reveal metallurgical structures called Widmanstätten patterns. These are patterns that are only found in meteorites, and only occure when nickel-iron cools at a phenomenally slow rate of 2 or so degrees every million years. Peering closely at these structures, I had the peculiar feeling that I was looking at something that was meant to be read. This object was like a Rosetta stone from the very birth of our solar system. It occurred to me to make a book out of a meteorite and present it as an object to be read. That idea has finally become a reality in Field of the Sky, the first of what I hope will be many meteorite books.
Read my essay about this book here.
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