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Does Science Diminish Wonder or Augment It?
Two great poems composed over 200 years apart examine the relationship between reason and imagination.
Death & Rebirth in Forests
On the Lives of Trees
“You’ll Know Her by Her Foot”
An ornithologist reflects on Emily Dickinson’s “You’ll know her by her foot.”
A Natural, Reviving Violence
A reflection on Marianne Moore’s “The Fish.”
The Mushroom’s Small Stature and Subtle Strength
A microbial ecologist reflects on Sylvia Plath’s “Mushrooms.”
Richard Dawkins on Poetry
The evolutionary biologist reads Robert Frost.
Einstein Among the Daffodils
A science historian and English professor discuss how physics and poetry mix.
Al Gore Does His Best Ralph Waldo Emerson
The former vice president reads the transcendentalist poet—and reminds us of one.
How Doctors Use Poetry
A Harvard medical student describes how he is learning to both treat and heal.
Meet Harvard’s Own Poet-Physician
Rafael Campo on finding the humanity in medicine and science.
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