A poem inspired by Richard Feynman’s book, Six Easy Pieces, Lecture 4: Conservation of Energy; with an update on Einstein’s famous equation, thanks to Mike’s comment.
It’s a Fact
There is a fact in nature that energy’s conserved.
The total’s always constant, changing form, but not perturbed.
Gravitational, potential, nuclear, kinetic,
Radiant and chemical, elastic and electric.
Existence gives mass energy,
Einstein got us there.
Mass and energy relate: E=mc squared;
(That’s when momentum is a null
From where you look to there.)
The energy so useful to power our machines
Is mathematical abstraction; reality as dreams.
Don’t need to understand it all to pay electric bills,
And speak of it with confidence, and calculate at will.
By Kate Rauner