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The Poetry of Science

01/17/08 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Technology/ Science

A usual question posed in my direction is how can I be such a technogeek and still write verses that occasionally sound beautiful. How can a science mind be a poetic mind? The answer is that there is not an exclusive OR in my brain. It is both because science and poetry is both.

More eloquently stated is in this excerpt from an article in SEED magazine. Thanks (again) to Make blog for pointing it out.

In the early 1920s, Niels Bohr was struggling to reimagine the structure of matter. Previous generations of physicists had thought the inner space of an atom looked like a miniature solar system with the atomic nucleus as the sun and the whirring electrons as planets in orbit. This was the classical model.

But Bohr had spent time analyzing the radiation emitted by electrons, and he realized that science needed a new metaphor. The behavior of electrons seemed to defy every conventional explanation. As Bohr said, "When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry." Ordinary words couldn't capture the data.


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Comment from: winston smith [Visitor] Email
winston smithfascinating article - i will come back to finish reading it and stealing what i can from it.

"The art revealed the fissures in everything, turning the solidity of matter into a surreal blur."

too too true.
01/18/08 @ 06:00