Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Poetry for Chemists, Poetry for Teachers

I had hoped to write in more detail about the Pedagogy Seminar, which has been going very well Maybe I'll have some time this weekend, as its a long weekend.

In the meantime, here are a couple of things related to poetry:

Daphne Norton mentioned Roald Hoffman, who is both a scientist and poet. To quote her description, "Professor Hoffman received the Nobel Prize for the development of a theory to model molecular orbitals and explain interactions between electrons
that impact reactivity and structure." She gave us a link to his website, here, and highly recommends the poem, "Fluorite."

Dr. Gregory mentioned another book related to both poetry and teaching, Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach, Intrator and Scribner, eds. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003. Anything that sustains the courage to teach must be good, in my view.