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Motion in Poetry

The Navier-Stokes Equations as you’ve never heard (or seen) them before!

The Navier-Stokes equations are central to understanding and modeling fluids in motion, whether it is the movement of water, air currents, smoke, or blood circulation. They enable predictions to be made about weather, and provide the foundations for modeling the aerodynamic properties of everything from the smallest car to the largest aircraft.

They are also long and complex and often difficult for students to get to grips with. An innovative project supported by InQbate is trying to break through science and engineering students’ despair when faced with these equations - by providing a video podcast of them being read as poetry. The project, called “Motion in Poetry” has involved engineering students from Sussex getting together with their poetic counterparts in creative writing, to talk about the relationship between poetry and equations - and to teach the poets how to pronounce the symbols!

The podcast will be made widely available once it is completed; once ‘in the wild’ it will be evaluated for its impact and usefulness by the project co-ordinators, Kim Lasky (Associate Tutor in Creative Writing in CCE) and Prof. Naser Sayma (Professor in Computational Fluid Dynamics) along with the InQbate team. We will also be evaluating the students’ experiences of taking part in the project, and the impact of the recent public performance of the text and images in the Sussex Creativity Zone