Thank you for visiting The Poetry of Science. My name is Sam Illingworth, and I am a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication. My research involves using poetry to develop dialogue between scientists and non-scientists.

Every week I find a new piece of scientific research, read the journal article that describes it and then write a poem that tries to summarise the research in an accessible and entertaining manner. Some of the poems may be faintly melancholic, some of them may raise a smile, and hopefully all of them will make you think.

If you are interested in the relationship between science and poetry, then you might also enjoy my book A sonnet to science, which presents an account of six groundbreaking scientists who also wrote poetry, and the effect that this had on their lives and research. You might also enjoy this study, which proves that poetry can be used to convey important scientific information, even if the aesthetics of the medium aren’t to everyone’s tastes…


17 thoughts on “About”

  1. A secret nook in a palnseat land,Whose groves the frolic fairies planned;Where arches green, the livelong day,Echo the blackbird’s roundelay,And vulgar feet have never trodA spot that is sacred to thought and God. – Emerson

  2. Sam, please send me details of the poetry workshop on the environment forthcoming. I was in the cathedral, but didn’t hear all the details of date and time etc. Thank you

    • Thanks Patrick,

      Are you able to send Alison an email to book through the Cathedral? If not let me know and I will email you her details. 🙂

  3. Woow!! This is the first time in a while that I feel so identified with what I would love to do: express myself in beautiful writing and keep science as part of my life.
    I am loving your work and I am so happy to have found your blog and what you do. 🙂

  4. Hello Sam–I’m delighted to find your blog and have been enjoying your poems. I’m a UK expat living in California, a retired professor of Poetics and Humanities, and a fairly widely published poet (three full-length collections published, a fourth coming out this autumn). My work since the 1980s has focused more and more on science and technology. In this I follow a family tradition, as I am one of Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandchildren. As I’m sure you know, Charles’ grandfather Erasmus was a poet as well as a botanist and evolutionist who strongly influenced Shelley; and I descend from the Darwins on my the side of my paternal grandmother, Frances Crofts Cornford, who was a well-known poet. I’d like to talk to you. (This would have been a personal email except that I can’t find an address on your site.)


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