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The Quark’s Literary Origins
|James Joyce in Paris. By Patrick Tuohy|
Happy Bloomsday! Each year on June 16, literary geeks worldwide honor the life and work of Irish writer James Joyce (Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man).
In celebration, artist and writer Jonathon Keats shares his essay on the naming of the quark — a name inspired, in part, by Finnegans Wake. The essay is from Keats’ gem-filled book, Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology. You can listen to our 2010 interview with him on scientific etymologies here.
Read the essay here.