Halloween and the Scientist


Shadows of a thousand years 
Rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees
‘Tonight is Halloween!’
Dexter Kozen

These last few days, I have been doing some research on Halloween and found a poem that “chilled me to the bone.”   The poet was Dexter Kozen.  Who was he?  I didn’t have any clue.  Another mystery to solve!  It turns out that Dexter Kozen is an American theoretical computer scientist.  Among other things (and there are a lot of other things), he is known for his seminal work at the intersection of logic and complexity.  Was this really the person who penned this poem?  It didn’t seem possible.  That is, until I found out that he is also a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band, “Harmful if Swallowed.”  He is also the adviser for Cornell’s Rugby Football Club.

Tonight is Halloween – even Scientists are scared.