The poetry of physics | MIT News

 The poetry of physics | MIT News

“With skin brushed then tangled,
with the apple touched at the supermarket then tangled,
with the tear wiped then woven away,
tangled with even things very distant like Mars dust,
that unravel themselves when /touched by our gaze…” 

—Excerpt from Miriam Manglani’s poem “Makinde’s Quantum World,” about Makinde Ogunnaike’s quantum physics research

Senior MIT physics doctoral student Olumakinde “Makinde” Ogunnaike briefly traded his research for verse as a participant in The Poetry of Science, an initiative funded by the Cambridge Arts Council that pairs poets of color with scientists of color from MIT and other area schools to artistically express their scientific work through art and poetry. Ogunnaike and other area scientists were invited by Joshua Sariñana PhD ’11, who studied neuroscience with the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and who tapped into his photography and…

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