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Book Review: ‘When Science Collapses’ by Christopher Hivner

Title: When Science Collapses

Published: 31st December 2016

Author: Christopher Hivner



Find another layer, go deeper to before I knew you, to thoughts I had as a young man, pull up those bones, crush them between your teeth to bathe in the marrow, find out what you think made me the way I am. “Paleontology”



Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book of poems.

Here you have a collection of poems with a difference. Almost using metaphors for science theories looking into the subjects of different human relationships. They are all told through the lens of science, looking into different scientific disciplines – e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, and so on. Each looking at different aspects of relationships from start to end within the scientific concepts created.

I liked some more than others and felt the scientific aspects of the poems gave them a different vibe. There were 33 in total, though a few were extended parts off one main title.

Here are a few that stood out for me:

Physics – wanting to relive and hold on to memories of loved ones passed on. Here you have someone wishing they could have them back but knowing that their memories of them are what you have to hold onto most. Don’t live in the past but hold onto its memories.

‘Time travel
is an illusion,
but my memories,
few as they are,
are real.’

String Theory – connecting things together and wondering why it can’t always be like this. The world and all its infinite moments being linked together one onto the next.

Astronomy – the vastness of space and looking at our way of interpreting what we can see or explain. How feeling connected to someone could seem like you are a planet warmed by their sun. Circling and needing each other, not knowing how long it would last but holding onto memories created all the same.

Combustion – from reading you get an idea of an engine just about to blow. One part isn’t right so the function isn’t working. In relation to a relationship it looks into cheating, or the possibility of someone cheating, and how just that one thought could make everything blow up.

It’s an interesting idea to take on human relationships in poems with a scientific vibe. You are breaking down concepts within the poems figuring out what they could mean for both subject types. If you like science and poetry then why not take a look.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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