It has been said that “physics is the poetry of the universe.” Well, we assume it has been said. If not, we shall promptly copyright it and charge royalties for its usage.
Regardless, the sentiment is true: physics employs the language of mathematics to tell the story of the universe, just as poetry helps us decipher the human condition. We decided to marry physics and poetry by asking researchers, students, and staff of Perimeter Institute to share their best physics haiku.
The basic rules of haiku are simple: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables. Explaining quantum gravity and string theory in that format? Not so easy, but a fun challenge. Write your own haiku in the comments below. We’ll share them!
Need more inspiration? A few runners-up:
Once I had two quarks
Pulling apart. Now they’re four.
– Aurora Ireland, PSI student
I am a qubit.
I am up and down and both.
I’m Schrödinger’s bit.
– Colin Hunter, Perimeter communications director
Quantum field theory
the micro and the macro.
Nature’s warp and weft.
– Tenille Bonoguore, Perimeter senior science writer
Share your own in the comments below!