Tom Lehrer

(To the tune of "Personality" by James Van Heusen.)

Introductory Dialog, spoken by the English major:
But I think this course underemphasizes the importance of relativity, and I would like you to hear a few words in its behalf.


Einstein was the first who stated,
He was the first who dared:
Mass and energy are related,
By E = mc2.

When Isaac Newton wrote The Laws that we all quote,
It's now extremely apparent that he
Neglected to consider: relativity.

What focused our attention on the fourth dimension?
We'd been doing so well with just three:
'Twas Mr. Einstein's brainchild: relativity.

Now who would think, and who'd forecast,
That bodies shrink, when they go fast.
It makes old Isaac's theory
Look weary.

So then if you are near when atom bombs appear,
And you're reduced to a pile of debris,
You'll know it's largely due to... relativity..
Yes, you can place the blame on... relativity.