Winner of January 2017 Palindrome Contest: (a dozen book choices)
Cristiano Sabiu: Postdoctoral researcher in Cosmology and Astrophysics
Palindrome: El truth supremo nor tsar is able, Elba Sir Astronomer push turtle.
Book choice: Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge (D. Mayo 1996, Chicago)
Bio: Cristiano Sabiu is a postdoctoral researcher in Cosmology and Astrophysics, working on Dark Energy and testing Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. He was born in Scotland with Italian roots and currently resides in Daejeon, South Korea.
Statement: This was my first palindrome! I was never very interested in writing when I was younger (I almost failed English at school!). However, as my years progress I feel that writing/poetry may be the easiest way for us non-artists to express that which cannot easily be captured by our theorems and logical frameworks. Constrained writing seems to open some of those internal mental doors, I think I am hooked now. Thanks for organising this!
Mayo Comment: Thanks for entering Cristiano, you just made the “time extension” for this month. That means we won’t have a second month of “astronomy” and the judges will have to come up with a new word. I’m glad you’re hooked. Good choice of book! I especially like the “truth supremo/push turtle” . I’m also very interested in experimental testing of GTR–we’ll have to communicate on this.
Mayo’s January attempts (selected):
- Elba rap star comedy: Mr. Astronomy. Testset tests etymon or tsar, my democrats’ parable.
- Parable for astronomy gym, on or tsar of Elba rap.