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Cross-Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry

Cross Pollinations The Marriage of Science and Poetry In this book Nabhan describes the circumstances of several of important even breakthrough discoveries that came about through the cross pollination of science and the arts His stories mix the persona

  • Title: Cross-Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry
  • Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
  • ISBN: 9781571312709
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this book, Nabhan describes the circumstances of several of important even breakthrough discoveries that came about through the cross pollination of science and the arts His stories mix the personal and scientific in an engaging way When he found out in high school that he is color blind, an amazing teacher chided him to use his so called problem to explore varietieIn this book, Nabhan describes the circumstances of several of important even breakthrough discoveries that came about through the cross pollination of science and the arts His stories mix the personal and scientific in an engaging way When he found out in high school that he is color blind, an amazing teacher chided him to use his so called problem to explore varieties of perception Years later, Nabhan organized teams of color blind and color normal scientists to survey a plant thought to be endangered The color blind scientists results changed the views of that ecosystem Nabhan tells about ancient songs of the O odham people that contain an understanding of plant ecology that science has only recently caught up to In perhaps the most stirring chapter, he describes how one of the native women he knows pleaded with him to put his knowledge to use to help find the reason for persistent diabetes among native peoples Nabhan describes how the structure of an Amy Clampitt poem gave him the inspiration for a research model that led to an understanding of native plants and the metabolism of sugar The last chapter is a rousing account of the creation of the Ironwood Forest National Monument in the Sonoran Desert.

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    1. This is a short, beautiful, urgent read in which Nabhan makes a case for seeing the world differently (one of my favorite chapters is on how his color-blindness, a disability that he lamented in his teenage years, serves as an asset in conservation biology, when he sees camouflaged plants that others don't see because of their color perception) and also for practicing the sciences and the arts simultaneously, an insight so strikingly true that it makes the current policies of most U.S. universit [...]

    2. These essays were very interesting; while I've thought of how philosophy could work hand-in-hand with science, I had never considered how science and the arts could work together for change. I'd love to see how dance could be a part of these "cross pollinations"!

    3. Quite an interesting exploration of the possibilities of interconnection between poetry and science. I keep trying to bring his insights into my work, but I think Nabhan is smarter than I am :)

    4. This small volume is an excellent introduction to the prolifc author and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan. His literary and scientific work covers a broad range and offers proof that cross-pollination between literature and science promotes conservation.

    5. A beautiful little book that should be more widely read by both scientists and literature writers/lovers. It's a really fascinating look at an amazing MacArthur Foundation (genius award) winner's work in the 80's and 90's, with insights on such varied topics as ADD, color-blindness, Native American poetry and hallucinogen use, cactus pollination, mesquite charcoal use in American restaurants, environmentalism, and the sources of creativity.

    6. Came away from Nabhan's Credo more impressed than ever by the work of this creative writer/scientist. His exploration of the survival of Sonoran cactus and the diabetic dietary needs of the desert long time inhabitants was helpful to the survival of both. Amazing. Love his creative thinking and his writing.

    7. A wonderful answer to any writer who must balance creative and critical work. Beautifully poetic, kind and hopeful. One of my favorite authors!

    8. Nabhan is a great writer. This is great book, and is a lovely portrayal of what can happen when science and indigenous culture meet!

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