To elaborate on the poem we read in class, here’s the video of celebrated scientist Richard Feynman (instrumental to our development of quantum mechanics and particle physics) explaining science in a nutshell:
Blogger and science commentator Robert Krulwich connects this idea – that the physical, inanimate world is indifferent to our attempts to define it scientifically – to Wislawa Szymborska’s poem. We focus so much on the human element in our course material, that both of these perspectives – the scientific and the literary – give us a view from the other side of things.
To reread the poem or view Robert Krulwich’s post in its entirety, click here.
And since we’re talking about science – here’s a little Neil Degrasse Tyson for your day.