This is a blog about science, scientists, literature, and the media, and how they intersect and conflict with each other. Its aim is to discover and explore the many roles science plays in society past and present, how the general public perceives science and scientists, and how science and the arts have influenced each other through the ages.
The Virtuoso borrows its name from a 1676 play by English playwright Thomas Shadwell. The play is a satire of science meant to poke fun at the excessive folly of its main character, Sir Nicholas Gimcrack. (It’s generally agreed that its mockery of science specifically targets Robert Hooke.)
This site is written and maintained by Afton Woodward, a researcher and writer with a background in literature and an enthusiasm for science.