|Jacket art copyright © 2014 by Brian Floca|
Today, September 16th, is the pub date of Guys Read: True Stories, the fifth installment of the series. It is edited by the inimitable and terrifically prolific Jon Scieszka, who asked me to write some poems on any branch of science I wished. Naturally I chose physics, as so much is currently happening in our understanding of the physical nature of things. Just ask Mr. Higgs Boson. I playfully called my cluster of fourteen poems Uni-verses, and there's two below. But first l'll thank my co-authors, Candace Fleming, Nathan Hale, Thanhha Lai, Sy Montgomery, Jim Murphy, T. Edward Nickens, Elizabeth Partridge, Steve Sheinkin, James Strum, and Brian Floca for his illustrations.
The concept of relativity
Is rather simple, as you'll see.
It simply means that this and that
Are relative to where you're at.
And you and he,
And he and she,
Are relative to them and me.
And who and why,
And when and where,
Are relatively anywhere.
If you're CONFUSED
With what I give
Then go and ask
Matter's puzzling to explain,
But I will try and rack my brain.
It is the substance of all things:
Protons, neutrons, electron rings.
It may have mass and volume too.
What's the matter with you?
Uni-verses with the poems "Relativity" and "Matter" copyright © 2014 by Douglas Florian