Sparks Across the Gap is a collection of creative nonfiction essays that explores the humanity and artistry behind topics in the sciences, including black holes, microbes, and robotics. Each essay acts a bridge between the scientific and the personal. I examine my own scientific inheritance and the unconventional relationship I have with the field of science, searching for ways to incorporate research into my everyday life by looking at science and technology through the lens of my own memory. I critique issues that affect the culture of science, including female representation, the ongoing conflict with religion and the problem of separating individuality from collaboration. Sparks Across the Gap is my attempt to parse the confusion, hybridity and interconnectivity of living in science.
Thesis (M.F.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2017
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements -- Autonomy -- Sklowskodite -- Eating from the Hybridized Tree of Knowledge -- Breaking Circuits -- Decoherence: The Metaphor in Physics -- Stuffed Microbes -- A Mosaic on Tears -- Why Aren't Electrons Black Holes? -- Works Consulted.
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