Scientific writings tends toward a purely formal and mathematical language based on an abstract logic indifferent to its content. Literay writing tends to construct a system of values in which every word , every sign , is a value for the sole reason that it has been chosen and fixed on the page. There could never be any meeting between the two languages , but [on account of their extreme disparity] there can be a challenge , a kind of wager between them.
Two Interviews on Science and Literature
The Uses of Literature-Italo Calvino -page 37