“ Keats, too, complained that Newton had destroyed the poetry of the rainbow by explaining it. By more general implication, science is poetry’s killjoy, dry and cold, cheerless, overbearing and lacking in everything that a young Romantic might desire. To proclaim the opposite is one purpose of this…It is my thesis that the spirit of wonder which led Blake to Christian mysticism, Keats to Arcadian myth and Yeats to Fenians and fairies, is the very same spirit that moves great scientists; a spirit which, if fed back to poets in scientific guise, might inspire still greater poetry.
— from "Unweaving the Rainbow", by Richard Dawkins
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A spacecraft launched in 1978 to study Earth’s magnetosphere and repurposed in 1983 to study two comets, will pass by us, ready to talk with us, but in the 30 years since it departed Earth we’ve lost the ability to speak its language.