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Letter: Alda's passion for fun science

Alan Alda arrives at Stony Brook University's annual

Alan Alda arrives at Stony Brook University's annual gala at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on April 24, 2013. Credit: Agaton Strom

Stony Brook University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will serve as a witty and wise antidote to the irrational religiosity, wanton terrorism and ideological zealotry that mar the 21st century ["Alan Alda, star on a scientific mission," Opinion, May 1]. And it promises to be a lot of fun, too.

As an educator-cum-public speaker, I am the son of a chemist who introduced me to the periodic table by reading from "Chimica in Versi" ("Chemistry in Verse"), a rendition of the chemical elements set to poetry in Italian. I share Alda's passion for promoting science in all its wondrous and whimsical ways.

Rosario A. Iaconis, Bethpage

Editor's note: The writer is an adjunct professor of communications at Briarcliffe College.