Welcome to Science-Poetry
C. P. Snow famously gave a stark analysis in his Two Cultures lecture of the split between Science and Humanities, and argued that the breakdown of communication between the two cultures of modern society was a major hindrance to solving the world's problems.
Some years later, the Engineering Council placed an advertisement in The Times; it ran:
Why isn't there an Engineer's Corner in Westminster Abbey? In Britain we have made more fuss of a ballad than a blueprint...
This prompted the poet Wendy Cope to write a satrical poem, "Engineer's Corner", which included the lines:
We make more fuss of ballads than of blueprints -
That's why so many poets end up rich,
While engineers scrape by in cheerless garrets.
Who needs a bridge or dam? Who needs a ditch?
A poetry competition at The University of Manchester, organised by Dr Peter Fenn, set out to show that the creativity and innovation necessary in science and engineering can inspire poetry too. The competition calls for poems written by any student in the University of Manchester, showing the creative and human aspects of science and engineering.