Oh beautiful! Yes, this is what I was looking for.
“Scientific Storytelling”, “Narrative Science”, “Phenomenological Narrative”, “Creative Nonfiction” (at bottom)
Me: What would a narrative that described the process of , say, the glue degrading over time and the processes that were taking place between the glass and the glue and between the glue and the label and the dye and the glue, and light going through and environmental conditions, etc with a sense of wonder rather than from a troubleshooting perspectrive?
The narrative of the glue degrading over time, and the interactions between the glue, glass, label, dye, and environmental conditions, is a fascinating journey into the world of materials science, chemistry, and physics. It’s a story of transformation, interaction, and the relentless march of time. Let’s imagine it:
Our journey begins with the glue, a complex mixture of polymers, resins, and solvents, carefully formulated to bond the paper label to the smooth surface of the glass jar. The glue, once applied, begins its life in a liquid state, flowing into the microscopic imperfections of the glass surface, creating a strong bond as it dries and hardens.
The glue’s life is one of constant battle against the forces of nature. It is exposed to the elements: light, heat, moisture, and the passage of time. Each of these factors plays a role in the glue’s gradual degradation.
Light, especially ultraviolet light, can break down the chemical bonds in the glue, causing it to become brittle and lose its adhesive properties. This process, known as photodegradation, is slow and relentless. It’s like a constant, invisible bombardment, with the glue molecules absorbing the energy of the light and breaking apart.
Heat and moisture also play their parts. Heat can speed up the chemical reactions that break down the glue, while moisture can seep into the tiny spaces between the glue and the glass, weakening the bond. Over time, these factors can cause the glue to lose its grip, leading to the label peeling off.
The interaction between the glue and the dye on the label is another fascinating aspect. The chemicals in the dye can react with the glue, potentially accelerating its degradation. On the other hand, the glue can also protect the dye, sealing it off from the environment and slowing down its own degradation.
The environmental conditions, such as the temperature and humidity of the air, the amount of sunlight the jar is exposed to, and even the air quality, can all influence the rate at which the glue degrades. A jar kept in a cool, dark, dry place will likely retain its label much longer than one left in a hot, sunny, humid environment.
In the end, the glue’s degradation is a natural and inevitable process. It’s a testament to the transience of all things, a reminder of the constant flux and change in the world around us. It’s a story of the interplay between materials, the environment, and time, a dance of molecules under the relentless march of the seconds, minutes, hours, and days. It’s a narrative of life, decay, and transformation, played out on a microscopic stage.
What’s a good name for this type of narrative so I could reuse this style?
This type of narrative could be referred to as a “Scientific Storytelling” or “Narrative Science”. It combines factual scientific information with a narrative style to make the content more engaging and relatable. This approach is often used in science communication to make complex scientific concepts more accessible and interesting to a general audience.
Another term that could be used is “Phenomenological Narrative”. Phenomenology is a philosophical approach that emphasizes the detailed description of lived experiences. In this context, it involves describing the ‘experience’ of the glue or other material as it goes through its life cycle, even though these materials do not have experiences in the human sense.
Finally, you might also consider this a form of “Creative Nonfiction”. This genre uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives that are engaging and compelling. In this case, the narrative is based on scientific facts but presented in a way that evokes wonder and curiosity.