# Science Poem of the Day: 16 August

National OfficeToday’s poem is from Law & Impulse: maths & chemistry poems, published by The Poets Union for National Science Week 2010.

*Margaret Owen Ruckert*

chocolate caramel squares

when maths teachers find the answer

to becoming interesting, they will follow

their instincts instead of Pythagoras

nose across to the Technically Food Department

and elect a committee on ‘Working Together’

there they’ll begin a discussion on the value

of x as one side of a ‘Caramel Square’

to be delivered to maths rooms for checking

the consistency of cut right angles or

measuring an area subtended by chocolate

a pilot student project has already applauded

this theoretically-driven approach to hands-on

mathematics which gives sweet meaning

to solid geometry and a chance

for three-dimensional maths

to be tasted by girls, viscous rumours

of their lack of ability to think above the square

are now well rebuffed thanks to this study

when students successfully assembled

biscuit houses and removed the remains

this sugar mathematics has its hard-ball enemies

who denounce this latest, inclusive approach

to the five senses as a sell-out to materialism

but much like the computer has been hungrily

accepted as an alternative to daily bookwork

originators of the caramel-square theory

are certain as a carbohydrate kick

that educators who introduce the biscuit

into the lessons only maths can cook up

will find success, sweeter than 900kJ per serve