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
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.
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All black body radiations,
All the spectrum variations,
All atomic oscillations
Vary as “h v.”
X- and gamma-ray pulsations
Ordinary light sensations
All obey “h v.”
Here’s the right relation
Here’s the new
And only true
Never mind your d/dt2
V times e or half mv2
If you watch the factor “c2”)
E equals “h v.”
Even matters calorific
Such things as the heat specific
Yield to treatment scientific
If you use “h v.”
In all questions energetic
Whether static or kinetic
Or electric, or magnetic
You must use “h v.”
There would be a mighty clearance,
We should all be Planck’s adherents
Were it not that interference
Still defies “h v.”
Gilbert Stead (3 February 1888 – 5 July 1979) was a British professor of physics and pioneer in the development of radiology as a recognized medical specialty.
To be sung to the tune “Men of Harlech” (traditional Welsh tune)
With thanks to https://ww3.haverford.edu/physics/songs/cavendish/hv.htm
Brief summary of the physics in this song