Sep/Oct 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 5 September 1, 2016 |

The Poetics of Science

Only fifty years after Galileo published Sidereus Nuncius, or the "Starry Messenger," which gave the first account of his telescopic observations of the moon and four satellites around Jupiter, his discoveries became a crucial metaphor in Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost: He scarce had ceas't when the superior Fiend Was moving toward the shore; his ponderous shield Ethereal temper, massy, large and round, Behind him cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views At Ev'ning from the top of Fesole, Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands, Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe. How does science inspire the literary imagination? Can science writing be a literary art? In this special issue of KR, we explore the ways in which cutting-edge science becomes the inspiration for—and subject of—the literary imagination. Since C. P. Snow delivered his 1959 lecture "The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution

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Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky is the associate editor of The Kenyon Review.

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