Sonnet to Science, A: Scientists and Their Poetry

Sam Illingworth

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Published: 31-05-2019


In A sonnet to science, leading science communicator Dr Sam Illingworth presents a selection of poetry written by well-known scientists, contextualising it with their work and research, in an effort to better understand how poetry might today be used as an effective tool in both the advancement of science and the way it is communicated.

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A sonnet to science presents an account of six ground-breaking scientists who also wrote poetry, and the effect that this had on their lives and research. How was the universal computer inspired by Lord Byron? Why was the link between malaria and mosquitos first captured in the form of a poem? Who did Humphry Davy consider to be an ‘illiterate pirate’? Written by leading science communicator and scientific poet Dr Sam Illingworth, A sonnet to science presents an aspirational account of how these two disciplines can work together, and in so doing aims to inspire both current and future generations of scientists and poets that these worlds are not mutually exclusive, but rather complementary in nature.

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Dimensions 138 × 216 mm
Page Count 224