Jan
08
2007

Emily Dickinson on science

Emily Dickinson: A scientific mind?
Emily Dickinson: A scientific mind?

I am on vacation and actually have some time to explore the lighter side of scientific thought. Digging through a used bookstore I found this great little poem from Emily Dickinson and thought it bared repeating:


"Faith" is a fine invention
When the Gentlemen can see--
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.

I wonder what she would say about nanotech today?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

James Satter's picture

Although many writers of her day described nature, Dickinson's particular interest in science still stands out, as scientific ideas appear in more than 200 of her poems. The article "Sweet skepticism of the heart": Science in the poetry of Emily Dickinson goes into more depth about the scope of her writing.

posted on Wed, 01/10/2007 - 3:19pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Oh that's fantastic James. Thanks for the link.

posted on Wed, 01/10/2007 - 4:27pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

My favorite piece of poetry trivia is the fact that you can sing almost any Emily Dickinson poem to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "Amazing Grace," or, for that matter, the theme from "Gilligan's Island."

It's not that Emily was ahead of her time. Rather, she wrote most of her poems in iambic tetrameter, the same rythm later used in those songs.

This has nothing to do with science. It's just fun. ;-)

posted on Tue, 01/16/2007 - 11:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

See also Robin Peel's new book, Emily Dickinson and the Hill of Science.

posted on Thu, 06/02/2011 - 11:24pm

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