Neelam Saredia & Neil Kad: This Is Science

One final This Is Science poem from the Canterbury edition of Experimental Words. Our pairing of the superb poet Neelam Saredia and the awesome molecular biophysicist scientist Dr. Neil Kad has led to this fun, speed-written poem. You can see Neil and Neelam (Neilam?) tonight at the Cathedral Lodge with a brand new spoken word performance. Get your tickets now!

This is Science

where everything is measured
in the width of a human hair
and when you move your plait from your shoulders
to your back
you are lifting 833 single hairs in a bundle- we calculated.

This is Science

If you take all the DNA from a single cell, 
placed end-to-end
it will stretch to 2m
but you have 10 to the power 14 cells
so end-to-end all your DNA will stretch to the sun and back
500 times.

This is Science

where the washing powder industry
is based on cheating your eyes
because they add particles that glow in UV light,
that’s why they call it
whiter than white.

This is Science

where the chances of you discovering the door to freedom
from prison
is 33%
always change your choice
once a wrong exit is revealed.

This is Maths.

These things intertwine,
to understand the whole
you have to look at the small,
the Devil’s in the details-
that’s Science.

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