Humanities-students-attempting-science-journalism are the bete noire of certain notable commentators (there are 7 jabs at humanities students in that Goldacre piece alone). Unfortunately us arty types are endlessly fascinated by the world of science and like to translate it into (frequently inaccurate) works of art. You may have noticed a series of poems appearing on London Underground tube carriages themed around science. Viz:

The forward slash is, admittedly, inexcusable.

You’ve probably worked it out for yourself, but in summary.

Stanza 1: Lots of stuff happens.

Stanza 2: Is it all connected?

Admittedly, the inclusion of the forward slash in the title is inexcusable – as is ending on a question – but some of them are actually quite good.You can read all 6 poems on the Royal Society’s website.

Better, perhaps than the actual poetry are the critiques left by scientists on the Royal Society’s website – I leave you with Professor J. Michael T. Thompson’s analysis of the above poem:

Einstein’s Relativity Theory tells us that there is no such thing as absolute time! So what meaning could be attributed to the simultaneity evoked in David Morley’s poem?

Yes indeed. Personally I think he was dared to get ‘contemporaneity’ in there.

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