Basic Physics #Poem #richardfeynman #quotes #feynman #poetry

Here is a poem inspired by Richard Feynman’s Six Easy Pieces, Lecture 2: Basic Physics

Fundamentals

The world we live in every day
We understand in all its ways.
We simplify, amalgamate,
But mostly know things’ speed and weight.
Know when the apple hits the ground,
Know red hot steel and waves of sound.

But all these rules are incomplete.
They can’t describe the quantum leap.
Here’s where Newton’s world goes bust,
Electric light is waves and pulse,
Space-time’s the force of gravity,
And particles move uncertainly.

When experiment tells us something’s so –
If testing shows – then it is so.
We may not want a world like that –
It’s horrible,
But that is that.

by Kate Rauner

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