Getting Science Into Literature:

On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction reviewed: “How do you get science into literature? (Let’s skip the argument over whether this is a good thing to do.) There would seem to be two different ways. The first is to be a writer of literature with a grasp of science…The second way of getting science into literature is to be a scientist who happens to have a literary gift…

Karl Iagnemma is a research scientist at M.I.T. who specializes in robotics. He is also the author of short stories that have won a Paris Review Discovery Prize and a Pushcart Prize; another of his stories appeared in ”Best American Short Stories 2002.” Such honors amount to a series of presumably independent judgments by the literary establishment that Iagnemma is indeed a man with a literary gift — a verdict from which I would not dissent. But how well does he use this gift to illumine the scientific mind?” NY Times Book Review