“A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” Vladimir Nabokov

Being both an avid writer and a student of science, this one really speaks to me. Many people’s instinct would be to switch around the adjectives in this quote— the imagination of the poet and the precision of the scientist, but in reality science is all about imagination and poetry relies on precise, careful use of language. People seem to like defining themselves as being either ‘arty’ people or ‘sciencey’ people, and fail to realise that art and science have more similarities than differences. If you’re a maths person, don’t get discouraged when self proclaimed ‘artists’ tell you that you can’t be a writer!

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