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Science Sonnets

“The words of poems are the tuft and final applause of science.” - Walt Whitman

“The words of poems are the tuft and final applause of science.”

So said the great American poet Walt Whitman. But what did he mean? Is there science in poetry? Poetry in science? During our April SciComm Lunch & Learn event, we explored these questions with Bradley Allf, a doctoral candidate at NC State University who is both a scientist and poet. He shared his thoughts on how these two endeavors not only coexist, but complement each other.

Below, we’ve included some of the submissions we received from talented science poets of all ages.