Welcome to Nautilus’ blog, “Facts So Romantic”! The name, if you didn’t see the note on the blog’s homepage, refers to a quote from Jules Verne: “Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.” (Verne also helped name the magazine itself; the amazingly hi-tech submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas was called the Nautilus. So merci again, monsieur.)
Science is the most consistent, enlightening, and provocative method we have for finding out about reality. The further we push it, the more wonders it reveals in the world around us. The effort to unveil those wonders is a genuinely romantic quest. And to watch people dream up scientific ideas, disprove them, fight over them, and stumble upon better ones is to see the unfolding of a dramatic and unpredictable story.
But the romance of the quest and the meaning of the new facts are not always apparent in each week’s revelations. Science has a prominent voice in the world at large, but what is it saying? “Facts So Romantic” aims to interpret the meaning of scientific discoveries, and to uncover how they affect not only scientific questions but also our culture and ourselves.
Pinning down what is meaningful is an inherently subjective task, so we ask readers to help us figure out what we should be working on that would be interesting to you (and what would not be). Please let us know in our comment areas, on social media, and via regular old email. And thanks for reading.