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The booklet of science

Tom Sharp

Poetry reflecting on milestones of the history of science


The booklet of science contains poetry reflecting on milestones of the history of science.

The black and white drawing above is an abstract representation of a benzine ring using John Dalton’s symbols for hydrogen (circles with dots) and carbon (circles with gray centers). The photos are of patent models from The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Copyright © 2009, 2017 Tom Sharp


Poems


The booklet of science

Some tasks

Irrational triples

Success with kites

Tradition

Five elements

Edible plants

Elements

  1. That the signifier is not the signified dissolves in memory.
  2. Etymology persists as meaning.
  3. Your name becomes you.
  4. A smell can evoke everything.

The new

Measuring

Geomancy

Predictive astrology

Free wind

Good advice

Paper moon

Disorder

The method

Provinance

Something

Nothing

Variable unknown

State secrets

Like rockets

Optical lessons

Canon

First edition

Fibonacci sequence

Perspectives

Free fall

Precaution

Some toxins

Without a center

Freaks

Remnants and traces

Loxodromes

In our day

Refracting

Action at a distance

Foolish bird

What one cannot see

Analogs

Dieting

Not enough

De Motu Cordis

Handedness

Noise-to-signal ratio

Falling

Measuring

Conjunctions

Perfectly good logic

Coxcombs

Betting

Orbital resonances

Negative numbers

Pendulum and pendula

Alchemy

Ideal gases

Meditation on purpose

Chromatic abberation

The good host

Conversion

Metric prefixing

Limits

Time and logic

Ephemeri

Double vision

Astrology

Instruments

Deviations

Steps

Aft

Sense of scale

The balance spring

Cipher

Life in memory

Universal gravitation

Messy sex

A priori

Waste

Multiple instruments

To each his own

Perturbations

Recalibration

Imitators

2400 or more graduations

Lost science

Completeness

Identity

Shape

Cutting through to the essence

Arbitrary decisions

Saved for eternity

Shock

Electronic addiction

Wasted

Eyes

Latent stuff

Miracles

Heat engines

Squaring the circle

Gordian Knot

Nothing from nothing

No energy expended

The impermanence of war

Hidden

Endless cycles

Analogies

Terms

Transforms

Only bones

Belief

Overpopulation

Sequence of results

Humboldt County

Remote control

What is space?

Ceres

An idea!

Symbols

Besoin

Symbols

Spectral analysis

Hidden sediments

Hypothesis

Local variation

Embryogenesis

The principles

Secret agent

Penetrations

Not by accident

Living systems

Weaving

Homunculi

Contiguity

Vital forces

Postulates

Devolution

Change of flux

“Poetist”

Myth

Periodic

Solid-state effects

Unhandy

Equilibrium in flux

A place in the universe

Seed

Ice cycles

Pet dinosaurs

The perspective of time

Effects

Microstrains

Spots

Nebulae

Limited senses

Blinded by love

Ephemerides

Ectoplasm

Precedents

Precision

Arguments against torture, arguments against war

Is it not relative?

Beauty and motion

Hans discovered that the light rain that slanted toward him when he moved with the light wind slanted away from him when he stood still.The Complete Hans Hans

The handles

Catching

-->

The disappearance

Halloween deceptions

Various tubes

Sleepers

Evolution

Analysis

Making connections

Like us

Speech speach

Cerebral localizations

Stupidity

“Listen please to understand what I mean.”

Defensive mimicry

Mountaineer

James Clerk Maxwell

Fact and ritual

Locking rings

Miasmas

Knowledge

Pattern recognition

Engines of war

Fact and ritual

Mysterious rays

Cathode ray vision

Testable hypotheses

Making things happen

Chinatown radiometers

Thermion dance

No limit

Inventing

On call

Spores

Pills

Canals on Mars

Cayenne

Aerosols and dyes

Imitation

Economic incentive

Transducer

Still kills

Probiotic joys

Susceptible

One thousand uses

Tests

Distant blue

Joseph Meister reflects

The experiment

Natural efficiency

Continuity

Naming parts of the body

I.Q.

Happens to be

Instances

Optimal optimum, minimal minimum

Paraclete

Don’t tread on me

Cohering

Prejudice

Diesel

Fischer projection

Assertions about radiotherapy

Sorry, Doctor Freud

Magnetic susceptibility

Cures for what ails

Transmutation of elements

Beyond proof of concept

Speaking the obvious

Hysteresis of iron

Take two aspirin

Bonds

A bad thing happens

Magnification

Viral death

Indivisible

Blood ties

No one knows

Meiosis dance

Effects of heat

Indeterminism

Commercial

Dreams of flying

Not to put too fine a point on it

Quantity

Reflexes

Transformations

Game of life

Signals

The box

Sounds

Essentials

Earthquakes

Dental receptionist

A beginning

Plastic

Solids

Don’t begin

Bacterial intruders

Ethics

Mutant

Interpretation

Mutation

Fierce hope

Family is an anolog

Promise

Danger, danger!

My drift

Guessing theory

Transmutation

One pill makes you larger

Changes

Moving

Space ships

Likes

Theoretically possible

Standard candles

Populations

Crystal ball

My star

Secretions

Never coughing

Metamorphosis

A problem

Biodiversity

Differences

Descent

To explain

States of matter

Painter’s brush

Disorder

Hubble got the credit

Contradictions and tautologies

Pressure

Analogy is not

Untestable hypotheses

Together

Ways to tell

Polymers

Animals like us

Maligning atoms

Quantum state

Everybody’s doing it

Path of life

Subtleties

Living fossil

Imbalance

Bats do it

Nuclear murder

More of this about that

Natural intelligence

Life as a game

Radical

Language

Patterns

Evolutionary economy

Dating Ötzi

Smell

Surface states

Half a hologram

Virtual

Success of English

Our own

Suffering

Butterfly effect

Not so simple

Oscillations

Reactions

Factors

Space-age

Turtles

Ovaltine

DNA FAQ

Polio limp

Camera violation

Illusion of color

Theory of light

Fini, for now.