Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War by Peter Middleton

By Peter Middleton

At the shut of the second one global battle, modernist poets chanced on themselves in an more and more clinical global, the place usual and social sciences claimed particular rights to wisdom of either subject and brain. Following the overthrow of the Newtonian worldview and the new, surprising screens of the ability of the atom, physics led the way in which, with different disciplines usually turning to the equipment and discoveries of physics for inspiration.


In Physics Envy, Peter Middleton examines the effect of technological know-how, fairly physics, on American poetry due to the fact international warfare II. He specializes in such diversified poets as Charles Olson, Muriel Rukeyser, Amiri Baraka, and Rae Armantrout, between others, revealing how the tools and language of up to date traditional and social sciences—and even the discourse of the major well known technological know-how journal Scientific American—shaped their paintings. the connection, from time to time, prolonged within the different path in addition: major physicists resembling Robert Oppenheimer, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schrödinger have been drawn to no matter if poetry can assist them clarify the strangeness of the hot, quantum global. Physics Envy is a background of technological know-how and poetry that exhibits how finally each one serves to light up the opposite in its quest for the real nature of things.

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