Thinking About Literature 1: Literature & Science (okay people time to put on your thinking caps for some serious literature discussion!! post your responses, give specific examples, lets have a lively and educational literary debate!! if this is successful, maybe we can do it more often, try to offer new perspectives on writing and literature to help the writers on this site) The Romantic poet John Keats famously disavowed science, claiming that scientists like Newton were responsible for "unweaving the rainbow", or destroying the sense of wonder the world held. Indeed, science has long been regarded as antithetical to the arts, being labelled "analytical" in response to the arts' "creativity". Yet the similarities between the two are numerous, and some authors in the 20th Century have repeatedly turned to science, rather than away from it, for inspiration. So, in what ways do you think literature can gain from an alliance with science, and how may literature, in turn, contribute to a scientific understanding of human nature and the physical universe?