The Professor's Song, by Tom Lehrer
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(Note: the first 20 seconds are quite noisy; this part had been accidentally erased.)
Explanation of the physics in this song
If you give me your attention, I will tell
you what I am
My diagrams are models of true art, you must
Consider, for example, oscillation of a
*At this point in the song, Dr. Branscomb pointed to the word "gravitation" on the blackboard, which he'd written in an intentionlly illegible scrawl.
These lyrics were published in American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 81, p. 745 (1974), and in Physics Today, July 2005, p. 58.
Here is a video of Mr. Lehrer performing this song in 1997, with slightly altered lyrics to accommodate a math audience.
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