Sunday, December 11, 2011

two based on the metaphor that is so critical to scientific discovery, because it is a lyric

poetry is the sense, science is about facts. They have nothing to do with the other!" A level students at a school I visited last week were enthusiastic at this point. Keats behind them, urging them. "Philosophy," said Keats - that is, science - would "clip the wings of an angel." Science has been dissolved, to beauty, "Conquer all mysteries by rule and line, / Empty the haunted air and gnome mine - / unweaving a rainbow ... "According to Edgar Allan Poe. Science was a" vulture "withering blast." Have you broken the Naiad flood / The Leprechaun s green grass.? And I / The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree "

think this too idealistic poetry and science, they have a fine of two thousand years and now enriches the dialogue. Michael Symmonds Roberts Collection


had a conversation with scientists mapping the genome. Collection of Jo Shapcott


is expanding to the public for poetry in the medical community. Perhaps the relationship between poetry and science leads to passion for parenting. Poetry was the first written form addressing questions such as what the world is and how it has come to be? In the sixth and fifth centuries BC, the pre-Socratic reworked to these questions, in writing, physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, theology, metaphysics and epistemology, and often in verse. Science was born in poetry. Epic on the atoms of Lucretius

On the nature of things

continued this tradition, as the 18th Dr Erasmus Darwin, whose poem "The Temple of Nature" describes a theory of evolution, according to the forms of living micro-organisms to human society.

The scientific project has in common with the verse explicitly because it reveals "the secrets of nature." When William Harvey described blood circulation, Abraham Cowley wrote an ode. "Harvey to own the Truth of the Book of Truth / creatures that God has written." In

Unweaving the rainbow

, Richard Dawkins did a wonderful job in arguing against Keats that, far from destroying the beauty, science reveals. Last week, Siddhartha Mukherjee, who won his first book Guardain The Emperor of all evil: A Biography of cancer

But poetry and science have more in common than the secret. Both are based on the metaphor that is so critical to scientific discovery, and it's poetry. A new metaphor is a new world map. Even uses the metaphor of mathematics, and this is where the most condensed forms of poetry join in. John Donne, who live with exciting new scientific discoveries, appreciated being able to open the door of science. "A mathematical point is indivisible and unique thing that art can have," he said. His poetry uses science as the image in place of the exhibition. But not as mere decoration. The branches a compass as a metaphor for the lovers, the distillation still and the power of love, not just the surface brightness, but organic to his poems. They take the thought and feeling before

As metaphor, poetry, science and fertilize each other. The French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre ("poet of science", the Daily Express in 1913) compared to the decay of melting ice. "Meat has become so wet that leave an imprint of bugs crawling low humidity. The swarm breeding creates a blur with the passing and crossing their paths. Gradually the meat flowing in all directions like an ice cube. placed before the fire "a few years after Keats, Charles Darwin also abandoned a career in medicine - and later formed his scientific thinking about poetry. The poet who led the expeditions through South America was Milton, 20 years later

On the Origin of Species

Paradise Lost , record loss - the loss of extinct species -. as a starting point


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