THE NON-EUCLIDEAN UNIVERSE

 

A line that looks dead straight can be an arc
like the horizon when you’re out at sea.
True distance is deceptive: in the dark
it can’t be measured. Yes, you made a mark
or two, in fact, but you can barely see.
A line that should be straight becomes an arc,
the path that’s traveled by a welder’s spark
when danger’s just a matter of degree.
Since distance can’t be measured in the dark
most people turn the light on. And the stark
divisions blind them with geometry.
A line that isn’t straight is called an arc—
no! Think outside the box! Perhaps a quark
moves like a knight in chess, a hop-two-three.
(True distance is deceptive.) In the dark
all rules break down completely. What a lark!
The future’s coming at you in 4D.
A line that should be straight looks like an arc.
True distance can deceive you in the dark.

by Anna M. Evans

from Rattle #49, Fall 2015
Tribute to Scientists

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Relativity (a song by Tom Lehrer)

Einstein was the first who stated,
He was the first who dared:
Mass and energy are related,
By E = mc2.

 

When Isaac Newton wrote The Laws that we all quote,
It’s now extremely apparent that he
Neglected to consider — Relativity.

 

What focused our attention on the fourth dimension?
We’d been doing so well with just three:
‘Twas Mr. Einstein’s brainchild — Relativity.

 

Now who would think, and who’d forecast,
That bodies shrink, when they go fast.
It makes old Isaac’s theory
Look weary.

 

So then if you are near when atom bombs appear,
And you’re reduced to a pile of debris,
You’ll know it’s largely due to — Relativity.
Yes, you can place the blame on — Relativity.

 

These lyrics were published in Physics Today, July 2005, p. 59.

WAVE PARTICLE

A very interesting poem about the Big Bang:

best poetry blog in the cosmos

can the cosmos
suffer depression?

can the Universe
go paranoid-
schizophrenic?

we know
historically, scientifically,
they can explode
with happiness

or would that
be rage
(nothing to
tell us
but the
microwaves)

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Trinity

On July 16, 1945 the world witnessed the first atomic bomb test at the White Sands Proving Ground  in New Mexico. The test was codenamed Trinity and was part of the Manhattan Project. The lead physicist was  Robert Oppenheimer and he named the atomic test “Trinity” in a conflicted homage to John Donne’s poem, “Holy Sonnet XIV: Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God”:

Batter my heart, three-personed God; for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurped town, to another due,
Labor to admit you, but O, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
but is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betrothed unto your enemy.
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again;
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor even chaste, except you ravish me.

Poem: Supernova

Great poem about a Supernova. Enjoy……

Universalist Seeds

She said stars
blooming
for a brief moment

Until the petals fall

scatter
the seeds of carbon
hydrogen and oxygen

which in five billion years
bound by sunlight
will become the sugar
in the crisp stalks breaking
in the teeth of aliens

hands moving spasmodically
as she talked, shaping

losing her flesh
in the carbon dioxide she exhaled
and the nitrogen in her urine
and in the vibrations she made
in the air

bursting
into flower

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