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Scientists in Songs

   Discussion: Scientists in Songs
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 11 years, 11 months ago
This has been a discussion on my lj but I wanted to throw it open to a wider audience. The five scientists who ushered in the scientific revolution were
  1. Nicolas Copernicus
  2. Tycho Brahe
  3. Johannes Kepler
  4. Galileo Galilei
  5. Isaac Newton
We were trying to name non-educational songs that mention them. Galileo is mentioned in many songs:
  1. Galileo by the Indigo Girls
  2. Tombstone Blues by Bob Dylan
  3. Galileo by Amy Grant
  4. Did Galileo Pray by Ellis Paul
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
The only song that anyone came up with about the other four is Newton's Apple by Danny Michel. Can you think of any other songs about these five? Why so many songs about Galileo?
Andrea Krause Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
Because Galileo is fun to say...

I know I know songs that mention Copernicus...like, I'm sure it's someone I really love, too...my brain is just not functioning enough at the moment.

ETA: Aha, one I was scratching at with my brain finally came through. They Might Be Giants - The World's Address ("Tell 'em Albert Einstein and Copernicus were wrong..")
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
What's more fun to say that Tycho Brahe?

oO I don't care what the great god Ra say
Just give me some of that Tycho Brahe. Oo

The song practically writes itself.
goovie is married! Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
there's a wishing chair song called "copernicus," about a girl whose father favors her brother over her, not that i know anything at all about that, and the chorus is "everything revolves around the son/sun." good stuff.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
Did we see Wishing Chair at SMAF?
goovie is married! Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
yes indeed. i've also seen them at the old town school.
John J. Ryan Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
Don't forget "Entropy".
goovie is married! Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
i think "entropy" counts as an "educational song."
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
Exactly it was the very song I had in mind when I made that exception.
lawrence Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
I wouldn't say Bohemian Rhapsody is exactly 'about' Galileo....

Jim's Big Ego have a track entitled 'Kepler', but it's not a song, just a twelve second bit that says:
"The incredible complexity of this working model which is going around and things going around things going around things and it was just ... beautiful. He said 'Who made this?' Kepler said, 'No one.'"
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
I didn't say "about" I said "mention" and it mentions Galileo.

lawrence Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
Why so many songs about Galileo?

I didn't say "about"

uh, yes you did.
goovie is married! Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
actually, he said both. so everybody wins!
Songbill Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
Newton got beaned by the apple good in "Man on the Moon"
goovie is married! Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. :)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
That's playing on the radio right now.
K. D. Lurker · 11 years, 11 months ago
"Tell them Albert Einstein and Copernicus were wrong"
K. D. Lurker Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
Oops, sorry, didn't see it was already mentioned!
Jºnªthªn · 11 years, 11 months ago
Madonna, in Super Pop :

"If I was a genius, I'd be Isaac Newton"

Bob Seger, in Revisionism Street:

"Alfred Hitchcock, Isaac Newton
Elvis Presley, Captain Bligh
They're heroic or pathetic
Depending on which book you buy"

Basia, from Copernicus

"I don't claim I'm Curie or Copernicus"
100% dainty! · 11 years, 11 months ago
The Nields have a song called "Einstein's Daughter."
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
There are many songs that mention Einstein. There is one that I'm sure most of you know very well but don't know the beginning which mentions Einstein.
	
As Time Goes By...

Lyrics and Music by Herman Hupfeld;
 1931 Warner Bros. Music Corp., ASCAP


[This day and age we're living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like fourth dimension.

Yet we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein's theory.
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension

And no matter what the progress
Or what may yet be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed.]

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you."
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date.
Hearts full of passion
Jealousy and hate.
Woman needs man
And man must have his mate
That no one can deny.

It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.
A girl named Becca Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
Yeah, I've also heard that Albert Einstein was never good at math.
Andrea Krause Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
And Einstein was wrong, I'm sorry.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
That isn't true of course and I kept meaning to tell Robbie that and never got around to it.

A girl named Becca Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
Yes, and I'm also pretty sure that mass increases as velocity approaches the speed of light, and so, actually, the faster you go, the farther you get from weighing nothing at all.

But then again, it's been a long time since high school physics.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
That's exactly right. m=m0/sqrt(1-v/c) where m0 is the rest mass, v is the velocity, c the spped of light, and m is the mass.
A girl named Becca Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
But then again, I've heard the jury's still out on....science.
meh Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
I did, actually, know the beginning of that song. :-) I've got an mp3 of Tony Bennet singing it. (And was totally going to mention it before I actually read the thread. Now my brain is working, because I know I know of at least one other Einstein one...)


Oh, *facedesk* Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team

Of course... your original question wasn't for songs that mentioned Einstein, though. Is the floor open for other non-educational, scientist mentioning songs?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
What the hell we might as well.

In my favorite Dylan song, Desolation Row he sings:
Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood
With his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago
With his friend, a jealous monk
Bruce Rose · 11 years, 11 months ago
The Old '97s have a song called Oppenheimer.
100% dainty! Back · 11 years, 11 months ago
oh! And Billy Bragg's "Great Leap Forward" mentions Dr. Robert Oppenheimer!
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 11 years, 11 months ago
In Planet X Christine Lavin mentions Clyde Tombaugh [the discoverer of Pluto], Percival Lovell, Larry Esposito, and one other contemporary astronomer whose name escapes me.
Paul the KOA · 11 years, 10 months ago
This song mentions Kepler in the title, though it's specifically about Brahe

http://www.amiright.com/parody/60s/themamasthepapas3.shtml
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
I think that counts as an education song but I still like it.

Quick HTML lesson. When you want to insert a link the code is
[a href ="URL"]Link Text[/a]

Just replace the square brackets "["and "]" with angle brackets "<" and ">"
Andrea Krause Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
awww...when he's teaching he actually remembers the part about closing them! :)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
I don't get no respect.
dirty life & times · 11 years, 10 months ago
both barenaked ladies (brian wilson) & regina spektor (pavlov's daughter) reference ivan pavlov in song.
Andrea Krause Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
As does TMBG, though I don't think by name.
lawrence Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
Yeah, Dinner Bell is vaguely 'about' Pavlov's dog, but doesn't name him.

However, Aimee Mann's song, Pavlov's Bell actually does mention him by name.
sheryls Back · 11 years, 10 months ago

and last i looked, there's an entire band named Pavlov's Dog.

And dinner bell was the first thing that came to my mind when i saw this thread, but i didnt think it applied :P

Gordondon son of Ethelred · 11 years, 10 months ago
Does anyone know a song that mentions Darwin?
lawrence Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
Man on the Moon mentions him, too.
Talcott · 11 years, 10 months ago
What about Jim Infantino's The Ballad of Barry Allen?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 11 years, 10 months ago
So you want to count Police Scientist, Barry Allen?

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