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Tom Stoppard, the legendary British playwright, and Petrochemical Process Technology?

Tom Stoppard wrote the following: "Skill without imagination results in useful products such as wicker baskets while imagination without skill gives us modern art." But what about skill and imagination? In my view, this combination gives us petrochemical process technology (admittedly I am biased)! Why do I say this? Think about it. The petrochemical industry literally takes fire, earth, air, and water and produces all of the plastics, rubbers, and fibers that allow modern living. Surely, that takes both skill and imagination, in large measures.
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‘Tom Stoppard: A Life’ documents the professional successes and glamorous social life of a storied playwright

Playwright Tom Stoppard has led a full and varied life, much of it in the public eye since “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” set loose two characters from “Hamlet” to question the nature of freedom and destiny in theaters around the world. Veteran biographer Hermione Lee’s massive new tome follows Stoppard through more than 80 years in meticulous detail — indeed, like such later Stoppard plays as “The Coast of Utopia” and “The Hard Problem,” the biography provides information in occasionally exhausting and unnecessary abundance. However, this wealth of material gives a vivid sense of Stoppard’s glamorous social life, enduring personal and professional relationships and political commitments.
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