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Found Objects

David K. Israel

The idea of Found Objects is pretty simple: I post some sort of visual representation of an object, equation, theory or idea that inspired or made its way into a book, film, song, poem, or painting.

Your job is to name it and tell us where it's found. The last three have all been from books, and today's is no different, except that I think it might be the hardest yet. Starting next week, I promise to move on to another category, like poetry, perhaps. In the meantime, enjoy the one found below, which is from a work of fiction. Name the object, the book and the author, please.