Category Archives: Poetry

“Grain Philosophy of Science” by Roald Hoffmann

  I have a special treat for readers today! I have mentioned before that one of my greatest role models is Dr. Roald Hoffmann (below), the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus at Cornell University. He was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for helping develop the Woodward–Hoffmann rules, which contributed greatly to our understanding of

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Poems on demand by the Typewriter Troubadour

Last weekend, a street poet in Bend, Oregon wrote a $4 poem about science. While walking around downtown and waiting for a table to open up at Deschutes Brewery on my badly needed vacation, I passed by a guy with a typewriter and a sign saying, “Custom Poems–Your Subject, Your Price.” The present customer, a woman with two young daughters, was

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A Very Nerdy Love Poem

As promised, I have some poems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lit magazine Rune to share with you. This first one is a love poem written by Allan Ko, who runs one of several student blogs featured on the MIT Admissions website. Allan’s blog is really awesome; it gives some cool insights into what it’s like to be an aerospace engineering undergrad

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An Autumn Science Poem

There is no need to explain the inspiration behind this post. The smell of pumpkin spice, the ubiquity of boots and scarves, and the obvious changes in the Earth herself, all herald the magical season that a recent Onion article referred to as “the Northern Hemisphere’s annual tilt away from the sun.” There’s a lot of interesting chemistry

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