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Marni D. Sheppeard

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Here are some carols for the celebration of Newton's birthday. I quite like We Three Quarks, which begins

We three quarks fine particles are.
Bearing charm we travel afar.
Fields and forces, spin of course is
Multiplied by h-bar.
Oh, Quarks are wondrous, quarks are light.
Quarks have colors, clear and bright.
Still misleading, still exceeding
All the physicists' insight.


Blogger Metatron said...

Happy Holidays Kea!

December 25, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Cheers, kneemo. Happy holidays to you too.

December 25, 2007 1:17 PM  
Blogger nige said...

Happy Newton-mass Day, and thanks for that hypercharged carol.

I stupidly forgot he was born on 25 December, partly because it is also a feast day in some religions particularly the Pagan's Winter Solstice which they celebrate by bringing a fir tree indoors and decorating it with lights and having an old man with a white beard deliver presents. Certain other religions have got in on the act by claiming 25 December to be the birth of their prophets, but that's not necessarily accurate:

Luke's Gospel ... tells us: "... Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night" (Luke 2:6-8).

We see that ... shepherds were spending the night with their flocks in open fields. In that region, from December to February ... the cold of the night was piercing. Thus the shepherds never kept their flocks and herds out in the open country from December through February—it was simply too cold ...

I hope Santa doesn't find it too cold to deliver presents this time around.

December 25, 2007 2:11 PM  

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