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Intervention by Denise Caruso Read Intervention by Denise Caruso, Executive Director of the Hybrid Vigor Silver Award Winner, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards; Best Business Books 2007, Strategy+Business Magazine

THE POETRY OF THE GREAT EQUATIONS

by Denise Caruso ~ February 7, 2007.
Permalink | Filed under: Hybrid Vigor, Human Perception.

A friend sent me this (old! 2002) story from The Guardian Unlimited today, an excerpt from Graham Farmelo’s book It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science, and it made me think lots of appreciative thoughts about human perception and the kinds of people who are able to make such meaningful connections and perceive and understand the world so holistically.

The first such person I met was my wonderful chem professor at Cal Poly, Grant Venerable, who I met while I was still in high school and who encouraged me to write a paper for credit comparing Shakespeare to chemistry (I still have the paper somewhere, typed onto that funny translucent erasable paper, using a portable Smith-Corona).

The Guardian story also reminded me of two books that I bought and never got around to reading: Cross Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry, by Gary Paul Nabham, and Water and Dreams: An Essay On the Imagination of Matter, by Gaston Bachelard, which had been highly recommended to me when I started Hybrid Vigor. Now out of print, the cheapest copy on Amazon is $129. Glad I kept mine.

I’m also about to start reading Sharon Begley’s new book, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves. Begley, a terrific science writer, most recently as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, used as the foundation of her book a yearly gathering of Buddhist monks and neuroscientists on the subject of neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to physically change in response to stimuli or activity. Intro and foreword were written by Daniel Goleman and HH Dalai Lama, so you get the drift. Very exciting stuff happening here; I’ll write more about it soon.

2 Responses to THE POETRY OF THE GREAT EQUATIONS

  1. Robin Chapman

    Hello Denise, I found Hybrid Vigor through a google alert on poetry & science, that brought me your book recommendations-my thanks! I’m writing to give you
    a link to our hybird book, and its reviews-

    Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos,
    Robin Chapman & J. C. Sprott, World Scientific, 2005

    It’s a combination of explanations of chaos concepts, poems about chaos in everyday life, and fractal art linked metaphorically and derived from just 3 equations.
    Clint and I have been part of the University of Wisconsin’s Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar for a number of years, and this book let us put together our scientist and artist sides!

    I’ll look forward to exploring the issues treated on your .net. cheers, Robin

    http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/icw.htm

  2. Denise Caruso

    Sounds fascinating! Thanks for letting me know, and welcome to Hybrid Vigor. Cheers backatcha!

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