By: Nicholas Dann
Competition Year: 2012
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Finding humanity in science? For an easy answer;
See Geim's floating frogs[1] or co-author hamster[2]
And whilst an amusing aside it does ignore
Many greater tales of something more

Step into CERN you're sure to see
A veritably intellectual menagerie
Scientists and engineers from most every nation[3]
And what's more human than such collaboration?

Science is perhaps unique in how it can unite
The world's greatest minds to delight
In the many projects too numerous to list
And indeed in fields alien to this physicist

If you're one searching for scientific creativity
Try wrapping your head round relativity
I.e. the faster you travel the slower you'll find
External events to occur, now to muddle your mind

Imagine we're each strapped to separate rockets and spy
The other approaching and thus do I
Note your watch ticks more slowly than that
Of the one with which I'm sat

But from your rocket you seem to see
It is my watch that's running slowly!
If this paradox unsettles, don't fear
I'm in the same boat (least till third year)

To precis I feel the point would be
All fields have inherent humanity
It's kinda what we do as a people
But science has more to it.

If ever you see a sunset and hear that its beauty is lost to science's prying eye.
Remind 'em the real beauty doesn't come till the other billion suns fill the sky.

And maybe Andromeda if it's dark and you're in the Northern hemisphere[4]

[1] "Of Flying Frogs and Levitrons" by M.V. Berry and A.K. Geim, European Journal of Physics, v. 18, 1997, p. 307-13.
[2] Geim, A. K.; H.A.M.S. ter Tisha. (January 2001). "Detection of earth rotation with a diamagnetically levitating gyroscope".Physica B: Condensed Matter 294–295: 736–739.
[3] http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/About/Global-en.html
[4] http://www.wikihow.com/Find-the-Andromeda-Galaxy
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