“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities. If they are not there, science cannot create them. If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”
Rachel Carson said this in her acceptance speech for the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1952. Her writing has inspired many to better understand the environment and to become conservationists, perhaps for the very reason that she lets poetry and science intermingle. A good deal of poetry and stories have been focused on the sea, and quite a bit of science as well. But the best writing combines the two, that calls up the beauty from stoic facts and makes pretty things magnificent by highlighting their realities. The books that influence, that push movements forward, are the books that marry science and emotion.
While "Silent Spring" is Carson's most famous book, she published several other books, including "Under the Sea-wind," "The Sea Around Us," "The Edge of the Sea" and "The Sense of Wonder."