ACS: Poets corner

I think I’ve just encountered the highlight of my visit – a poetry reading by Nobel prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann.

Coincidentally, I’ve been thinking a lot about poetry lately, and how a poet can convey their thoughts. I am not brave enough to attempt to write anything other than a jaunty limerick myself, so I have a good deal of admiration for anyone who can convey a complex thought in an abstract, but senseful way.

And Hoffmann just spent an hour in the middle of a busy, bustling exhibition hall, packed full of people trying to sell mass spectrometers and the like, with a crowd of people captivated by his poems that cross from hard-core science to his childhood experience growing up in Poland during the war, to more philosphical matters. Check out the next issue of Nature’s chemistry podcast, when it hits your ears in a few weeks to hear more.