Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Verse, part II (Galileo)

Modern science has begun: it's Galileo Galilei!
Everyone stand back 'cause he's got lots of stuff to say.
Summarizing his achievements takes the best part of a day,
But the main bit said the earth did not in one position stay.
(The word had got to Rome, and they told it to the pope --
G. G. had to recant, because the pope said clearly 'nope'.)

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Lucretius expounded all his theories in verse;
Now science is much better, though my poetry is worse.
Intellectual agitations I shall in detail rehearse,
In somewhat varied meter and with stanzas fairly terse.
This will someday be continued when I find myself the time,
And the inclination to make the Lorentz contraction rhyme.