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Do scientists write poetry?
« on: 06/10/2013 21:42:24 »
Having run into extreme thread drift elsewhere, and having failed to find a poetic thread, I thought I might start one.

Thread drift is a wond’rous thing,
It flits from this to that;
It isn’t here, nor is it there,
Just like the Schrödingcat.
 


 

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #1 on: 06/10/2013 21:50:46 »
The Schröding-cat

Beware the quantum leap, my friend
With logic clear for all to see
Beware the Schröding-cat
And shun the dread uncertainty.

He took his double-slit in hand,
Long time the 'lusive truth he sought;
Then pondered he uncertainty,
And all the doubts it brought.

Then while in physic thought he stood,
The Schröding-cat with eyes aflame,
Came whiffling through the science lab
And bi-located as it came.

One two, one two, he measured true
Its locus in three-D,
But though he tried, it still did hide
Its real velocity.

Now you have found the Schröding-cat,
Open the box, that none may doubt
That quantum theory rules supreme…..
Oh, no; the bugger’s tunnelled out!

With sincere apologies to L C.
 

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #2 on: 07/10/2013 01:26:01 »
Ever hear this one?

There once was a woman named Srite
Who traveled much faster than light
She took off one day, in an Einsteinian way
And returned on the previous night
 

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #3 on: 09/10/2013 19:48:04 »
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Ever hear this one?

Yes, but I was thinking more of original verse.  :)
 

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #4 on: 11/10/2013 23:58:30 »
Perhaps scientists are better at punning than poetry.  Here's one modified from an earlier version specific to another forum.

The Scientific Alphabet.

A is for argument, sometimes profound,
B for the bullshit that lies all around.
C is for light speed – a limit for all,
D for dimensions rolled up really small.
E is for energy; that you must know,
F for the future, towards which we go.
G is for general; a relative type,
H for Planck’s constant, h-bar and hype.
I is for infinite – everything’s in,
J is for joule and repetitive jinn.
K for kinetic – an energy kind,
L for the ludicrous concepts we find.
M is a theory all tied up in strings,
N is a number that covers all things.
O for opinion; a person’s belief,
P for momentum, p-brane and relief.
Q is for quantum and quark – sometimes strange,
R is for radius and also for range.
S is for science, to which we stay close,
T is for time and for theories verbose.
U for the Universe in which we all sit,
V for the vacuum; full of weird sh1t.
W for wisdom – we can’t get enough,
X for the X-rays that see through our bluff.
Y is for Yang, who with Mills makes a pair;
Z is for zero, that’s really not there.
 

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #6 on: 12/10/2013 13:16:31 »
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Ever hear this one?

Yes, but I was thinking more of original verse.  :)
I wrote a poem a few years ago. It was very personal. I shared it with some people and it was criticized as if I was a real poet or poetry student seeking advice on the quality of my new poem and it was quite far from being such. So it was criticized when no criticism was being sought. I found that to be offensive so I never did it again.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 13/10/2013 19:40:29 »
Pete, its a shame that you were put off by the response to your poem.  My belief is that poetry is such an individual thing that no one has the right to criticize another's work, unless comment is sought. 

When I was in mental health work I was asked how I coped with so much of other people's pain.  Looking back at the poetry I wrote at the time, I have no doubt where the pain went. 

If you feel like writing it, Pete, don't let anyone put you off.
 

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #8 on: 13/10/2013 19:50:11 »


If you feel like writing it, Pete, don't let anyone put you off.
Absolutely, the beauty of poetry is truly in the eye of the beholder. I'm sure there were many fools who criticized Robert Frost. Poetry is, as Bill says, a very personal thing and will only mean something special for those who seek a vision that others may not. If you feel inspired Pete, don't allow the fools of this world to stop you!
 

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #9 on: 13/10/2013 20:12:29 »
Here's a short poem I wrote a few years back. If it means something for you, great, if not, that's OK as well.

Poverty of hate

Hate is like a hot iron,
that can sear the mind,
with coals of envy,
and wounds of many kind.

The price is much higher,
for those who choose to hate,
than for those which are hated,
and greater misery the fate.

So choose well your course,
and remember there's a price,
for every contemptuous act,
and every tortured vice.

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Re: Do scientists write poetry?
« Reply #10 on: 15/10/2013 09:29:01 »
THANK YOU GENTLEMAN.. AND NICE TO SEE YOU POST ETHOS.... OUR WRITING THREAD IS CALLED "SHARE YOUR WRITTING" IT RESIDES HERE IN CHAT.. IT WAS POSTED IN ABOUT A WEEK AGO SO IT SHOULD BE HERE ON THIS LAST COUPLE PAGES.. thanks for posting your poetry... its very good!
 

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