Tuesday Afternoon Physics Poetry, Part Four: the Chemistry Edition

Update: Machiel asked (rightly) for a link to his posts on Tom Lehrer, the last of which was indeed where I found the Tom Lehrer-page. So there we go: 123, and sorry for the delay.

This one is actually a song, by Tom Lehrer. My friend Frank, who is a physics teacher, has once sung it in class. I guess the two things one learns from this song are

1. There are very many elements
2. lots of them end in -ium

So here goes. You may listen to the song and watch a fancy flash-animation here.

There’s antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,
And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium, (gasp)
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.

There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium.

Isn’t that interesting?
I knew you would.
I hope you’re all taking notes, because there’s going to be a short quiz next period…

There’s holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium,
And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium,
And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium.
And lead, praseodymium and platinum, plutonium,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium, (gasp)
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.

There’s sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium,
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium,
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin and sodium.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Hahvard,
And there may be many others but they haven’t been discahvered.

And now, may I have the next slide please? …carried away there.

(source)

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