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Erwin Schrödinger’s Poetry (2014)


Many of the major figures in the history of science have produced literary works, but the relationship between their poetic texts and their scientific work is often underestimated. This paper illuminates the poetry of Erwin Schrödinger—one of the premier figures in twentieth-century science, and an accomplished poet in both English and his native German. It discusses existing perceptions of his poetry and challenges the assumptions that his poetic work was a mere hobby unrelated to his other achievements by focusing on the interplay between poetic images and scientific ideas in his German-language poems. It emphasizes that more research is needed on the understated role of bilingualism and of—often marginalized—writing in an adopted language in science and in poetry, with the premise that this feature of Schrödinger’s life deserves more study. It argues that Schrödinger’s literary imagination and his bilingualism are an integral part of his approach to reality and considers Schrödinger’s literary work to be an important aspect of his intellectual heritage.

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Article George N. Vlahakis; Kostas Skordoulis; Kostas Tampakis (2014) Introduction: Science and Literature Special Issue. Science and Education (pp. 521-526). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Damron, Rebecca
Brooks, Ronald
Palmer, Michael
Maroscia, Paolo
Blackwell, Stephen H.
Moffett, John
Russian Review
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Science and Education
Edinburgh University Press
Columbia University Press
University of Georgia Press
University of Connecticut
University of California, Los Angeles
Science and literature
Poetry and poetics
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Language and languages
Science and culture
Pound, Ezra Loomis
Needham, Joseph
Zheng, Xiaocang
Williams, William Carlos
Yeats, William Butler
Whitman, Walt
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
Early modern
17th century
United States
Great Britain

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