What does Kahlil Gibran have to do with Polymer Chemistry?

Kahlil Gibran, was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon , as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

I don’t know either. Earlier, I wrote about an interesting experience I had with proofreading an Indonesian Biology textbook with an evolution chapter, currently I am proofreading another book, this one is for senior chemistry. Scattered though out the text are little quotes such as this one in a chapter about plastics and polymerization;

“Life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, and all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, and all knowledge is vain save when there is work, and all work is empty save when there is love.”

Kahlil Gibran

I’m all for quotes that are relevant to the text, anything to make a dry topic more interesting and relevant. One of the standards and practises that the IB asks us to measure is that “The school fosters holistic education by ensuring that teachers consider the curriculum as a coherent experience”

But I cannot see the connection, am I missing something? Or perhaps the author particularly liked Kahlil Gibran ?


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3 Responses to What does Kahlil Gibran have to do with Polymer Chemistry?

  1. Pak Liam says:

    I discovered this quote “We must become the change we want to see.” Mahatma Gandhi in the ‘Aromatics’ Chapter, so I guess it is just a random thing…

  2. giselleburns says:

    Hmmm.. I like Kahil Gibran’s writings, have since I was a little girl… but… tenuous connection huh?

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