Science Is a Kind of Poetry


If poetry is at its core the effort to give expression to the inexpressible aspects of our experience, then science is often a kind of poetry, or at least provides a complement to the poetic impulse.

For science provides both a fundamental challenge to all simplistic notions about our existence and a constant reminder of the narrow limits of even our most advanced knowledge.

Putting the lie to the truism that there is nothing truly new under the sun, four new elements have been added recently to the Periodic Table of Elements.

This is a brief piece from the Daily Beast:

“Four new names have been added to the periodic table of elements, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced Thursday. Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine, and Oganesson are now elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, respectively, on the official periodic table. The new elements were first synthesized…

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