“Stewart’s work is an important and intelligent contribution to bridging the ever-widening gap between the language of science and that used by everyday people when they explore their own origins… a must-read for those wishing to understand the origins of humankind from another, very human perspective. In From Where We Came, Stewart articulates in a novel and often surprisingly beautiful way what is often difficult for scientific writing, and in fact for scientists themselves, to communicate to the public—the wonder of the search for our origins and the visceral thrill that we as scientists receive as each discovery sheds another ray of light on humankinds origins…”
~ Prof. Lee R. Berger FRSSAf ASSAf
“The many anastomosing threads of history form the backbone of Stewart’s fifth volume of science-steeped poetry. Reaching deep into compelling examples from human history, and the history of our natural world, Stewart delivers carefully crafted meditations that seamlessly braid fact, loss, longing, and imagination. As Stewart notes, the reach of modern science is indeed vast, but it is certainly not devoid of wonder. The armchair time-traveller and lab-bench scientist alike will be richly rewarded by even a casual walk through Stewart’s territory, giving yet more evidence of the growing isthmus between C.P. Snow’s two cultures.”
~ Nicholas D. Pyenson Curator, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
100 pages, soft cover
From Where We Came
Arthur Stewart was born in Michigan City, Indiana, and lived initially in what is now the Indiana Dunes National Park. He spent time in Arizona, where he studied biology and chemistry at Northern Arizona University. After two years in the Peace Corps, he then earned his PhD in aquatic ecology at Michigan State University. His postdoctoral research was done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where his research focused on the toxicity of coal oil and shale oil. Then he taught and did stream ecology studies at the University of Oklahoma before returning to ORNL, where he worked as an ecotoxicologist, group leader and senior scientist for seventeen years. To pursue his developing interests in improving science education, Art earned a MS Ed at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and became a project manager for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Within ORAU, he manages various science education and workforce development programs. He lives in Lenoir City, not far from the hubbub of Knoxville, Tennessee and writes whenever possible.