Paul Callaghan: Luminous Moments

Paul Callaghan: Luminous Moments

Acknowledged internationally for his ground-breaking scientific research in the field of magnetic resonance, Sir Paul Callaghan was a scientist and visionary with a rare gift for promoting science to a wide audience. He was named New Zealander of the Year in 2011. His death in early 2012 robbed New Zealand of an inspirational leader.

Paul Callaghan: Luminous Moments brings together some of his most significant writing. Whether he describes his childhood in Wanganui, reflects on discovering the beauty of science, sets out New Zealand’s future potential or discusses the experience of fatherhood, Sir Paul Callaghan offers eloquent narratives that will endure in this country’s literature. Meeting with the cancer that ended his life, he documents for us all ways of living well in the face of illness. As his daughter Catherine writes in her moving foreword: 'He became his own scientific experiment.'

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Table of contents

Foreword by Catherine Callaghan

1. Luminous Moments
2. The Beauty of Magnetic Resonance
3. On 'Pseudo-science'
4. A Week In My Life
5. Speaking as a Cancer Patient
6. Fatherhood
7. Four Stories From My Life

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Mar 2013
Pages: 96
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9781927277492
ISTC: A02201300000607F
DOI: 10.7810/9781927131800

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'Clear science', Judith Nathan, Scoop Review of Books, 17 August 2015

Listen to Catherine Callaghan discussing 'Paul Callaghan: Luminous Moments' with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand.

Read extracts and an interview with Catherine Callaghan in the Dominion Post.


‘Well worth while reading … Its small size will suit a cozy hour or two, or perhaps to take on a weekend tramp or short cycle trip.’ Grant Jacobs, Sciblogs, Code for Life

‘[Paul Callaghan’s Luminous Moments] is absolutely captivating me … the beginning just grabs me … don’t you want to keep reading?’ Mary McCullum, Radio NZ

'Sir Paul had that incredible knack of taking things that are scientific and nerdy and making them interesting and accessible for the average not-so-science-friendly plebs, such as me.' Jillian Allison-Aitken, Southland Times

Very good indeed. @nzfi

[Paul] writes with incite and clarity and this is a collection of some great moments in his life. Well worth the read. Reviewer on Amazon