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The booklet of science

Tom Sharp

Poetry reflecting 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, 2021 Tom Sharp


Poems


The booklet of science

Natural canvas

Pigmented

Flooding of the Nile

Replica

God, myth, man

Some tasks

Thales’ ideal

The soul of amber

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

Alice, Bob, and Eve

Calends, nundinae, and ides

Free wind

Good advice

Paper moon

Disorder

The method

Provinance

Unknowns

Inaccuracies

Something

Nothing

Variable unknown

State secrets

Like rockets

Law of refraction

Optical lessons

Canon

First edition

Counting and naming

Fibonacci sequence

Perspectives

Free fall

Water witching

Precaution

As for why

Some toxins

Nonius riffs

Without a center

Freaks

Remnants and traces

Loxodromes

In our day

Refracting

Action at a distance

Baconian theories

Foolish bird

What one cannot see

Analogs

Dieting

Not enough

Another element

De Motu Cordis

Training a straw man

Grivation

Handedness

Noise-to-signal ratio

Falling

Measuring

Conjunctions

Perfectly good logic

Coxcombs

Philosophical questions

Betting

Orbital resonances

Negative numbers

Pendulum and pendula

Alchemy

That’s not it

Ideal gases

Assumptions

Meditation on purpose

Chromatic abberation

The good host

Conversion

Metric prefixing

Limits

Time and logic

Ephemeri

Double vision

Politics

Astrology

Instruments

Deviations

Steps

Aft

Sense of scale

In a vacuum

The balance spring

Geometry of corpuscles

ICEd

Cipher

Relief

Life in memory

Loop, whorl, and arch

Universal gravitation

Messy sex

A priori

Waste

Multiple instruments

To each his own

Perturbations

Gas discharges

Spiritual blue

Recalibration

Imitators

2400 or more graduations

Lost science

Completeness

Identity

Shape

Cutting through to the essence

Meta engines

Arbitrary decisions

Saved for eternity

Shock

Electronic addiction

Cognitive dissonance

Wasted

Erratic skittering

Static

Eyes

A metal

Latent stuff

Training

Miracles

Heat engines

Squaring the circle

Gordian Knot

Hydraulic thump

Nothing from nothing

No energy expended

The impermanence of war

Hidden

Workable degrees

Spark of being

Eye splice

Endless cycles

Analogies

Moving the dial

Terms

Transforms

Only bones

Belief

Overpopulation

Sequence of results

Humboldt County

Remote control

Think positive!

What is space?

Ceres

Idea!

Practical problems

Some cycles

Symbols

Besoin

Macro and micro

Cheese scale

“How can you govern a country that has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?” —Charles de Gaulle

Symbols

Spectral analysis

Hidden sediments

Hypothesis

Marital telegraph

In the real world

Local variation

Embryogenesis

Clear

The principles

Secret agent

Penetrations

Not by accident

Living systems

Weaving

Liquefaction of water

Cooking with gas

Homunculi

Contiguity

Vital forces

Secondary qualities

Postulates

Devolution

Change of flux

Regen

Cymatics

“Poetist”

>Other bridges

Myth

Periodic

Solid-state effects

Going

Waste

Unhandy

Equilibrium in flux

A place in the universe

Seed

All men are brothers

Ice cycles

Variable potential

Pet dinosaurs

The perspective of time

Effects

Microstrains

Cartoon anesthesics

Perpetual entropy

Honesty

Spots

Nebulae

Limited senses

Blinded by love

Ephemerides

Ectoplasm

Oxymorons

Precedents

Precision

Arguments against torture, arguments against war

Better living through chemistry

Molecules

Is it not relative?

Beauty and motion

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Your number

Knee-jerk reactions

The handles

Catching

Flame test

Surface tension

The disappearance

Halloween deceptions

Various tubes

Sleepers

Evolution

Analysis

Everything’s a battery

Crossing waters

Making connections

Like us

Hot

Speech speach

Cerebral localizations

Stupidity

“Listen please to understand what I mean.”

Defensive mimicry

Flammable

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

Resistance behavior

Making things happen

Chinatown radiometers

Thermion dance

No limit

Crystal divination

Eccentricity

Inventing

On call

Spores

Pills

Canals on Mars

Cayenne

Aerosols and dyes

Imitation

At a distance

Leaking pores

From a distance

Effects

Economic incentive

Transducer

Still kills

Probiotic joys

Susceptible

One thousand uses

Tests

Distant blue

Joseph Meister reflects

The spirit of the car

The experiment

Natural efficiency

Continuity

Balance

Naming parts of the body

I.Q.

Happens to be

Instances

Optimal optimum, minimal minimum

Paraclete

Don’t tread on me

Cohering

Prejudice

Diesel

Recidivist

Erinoid

Fischer projection

Not obvious

Assertions about radiotherapy

Sorry, Doctor Freud

Magnetic susceptibility

Cures for what ails

Exploring the science

Transmutation of elements

Beyond proof of concept

Speaking the obvious

Hysteresis of iron

Surplus bridge

Activation energy

Take two aspirin

Bonds

A bad thing happens

Magnification

Viral death

Intuitive degree

Gyroscope

Indivisible

Gamma ray guns

Blood ties

No one knows

Disappearing act

Meiosis dance

Effects of heat

Living in the sky

Balance of forces

Indeterminism

Commercial

Dreams of flying

Not to put too fine a point on it

Fántasmascope

Quantity

Reflexes

Transformations

Game of life

Signals

The box

Boundary definition

Valves

Sounds

Interference

Essentials

Earthquakes

Dental receptionist

Radio jamming

A beginning

Plastic

Magnetic moment

Solids

Don’t begin

Bacterial intruders

Lights in the sky

Filamentation

Ethics

Mutant

Interpretation

Mutation

Fierce hope

Family is an anolog

Promise

Danger, danger!

Units of the indefinite

Z

Interferometry

My drift

Bats do it

Organoleptic test

Guessing theory

Transmutation

Becoming safer

Tesla pump

Constants

Vitamin X

One pill makes you larger

Changes

Calendering

Moving

Space ships

Defying logic

Likes

Flexibility

Theoretically possible

Standard candles

Populations

Sense of things

Self-similarity

Explaining

Crystal ball

My star

Secretions

Never coughing

Metamorphosis

A problem

Thermodynamics says something about being cool

Being a Native American poet

Biodiversity

Inelastic scattering

Differences

It doesn’t exist

Descent

To explain

States of matter

But why?

Angels

Multiples

Unsure

Lines

Instabilities

One on one

Painter’s brush

Jellium

Disorder

Hubble got the credit

The vortex

Parkinson’s

Emergence

Contradictions and tautologies

Pressure

Operation Gunnerside

Analogy is not

Untestable hypotheses

Together

Positronia

Ways to tell

Glitches

Overhearing

Arguments

Unworldly

The cosmic ray connection

Polymers

Animals like us

Maligning atoms

Quantum state

Everybody’s doing it

Myths of the interior

Path of life

The mind

After the performance

Subtleties

Living fossil

Disorder or difference

Imbalance

Distant

Bats do it

Nuclear murder

Cross-disciplinary work

Not to be confused

More of this about that

Natural intelligence

Life as a game

Radical

If we were to tinker

Language

Patterns

Evolutionary economy

Dynamo power

Programmers

Dating Ötzi

Smell

Surface states

Half a hologram

What is normal?

Virtual

Success of English

“Sewing Vacuum”

Representation

Controversial animals

Our own

Suffering

Butterfly effect

Thinking

Not so simple

Oscillations

Reactions

Orifice

Factors

Living patterns

What can you make with nanotubes?

Space-age

Turtles

Ovaltine

DNA FAQ

Polio limp

Camera violation

Illusion of color

Theory of light

Inextinguishable

Becoming common

Non-invasive diagnosis

Red-blooded

A.K.A.

99% human

Short lives

Stored energy

Peril

Senescence

The same

Quasi-stellar objects

Monomers, dimers, and hexamers

Three quarks for Muster Mark!

T violation

Every creature

Sky-hooks

Resonance

Portmanteaus

Gravity dilates time

Inherently interesting

Aliens

Vast

Ideal memristor

Symbols

Terminal transferase

Small black holes

Ants

Natural fractals

Identity

Auto

The word

Altering the quantum vacuum

More like you and me

States of matter

The power of a name

The longest sentence written in Shɑrpεn so far

A word about rhyming

Fini, for now.