Defining Gravity (feat. Dianna Cowern & Malinda Kathleen Reese)

by A Capella Science

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From the YouTube video of the same name. You can find every A Capella Science video at youtube.com/acapellascience

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NEWTON:
Some new equation's hit me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by
The rules of Aristotle's game

Delay my spectrum testing
Delay the fluid notes I keep
It's time to trust my instincts
And theorize
A leap

It's time to try defining gravity
I think I'll try defining gravity
To know why things fall down

CROWD:
How can you think you understand
The planet equations of Kepler?

NEWTON:
I'm through inventing limits
The ones that Leibniz stole

Armed with this rate of change
And three laws I already know

Too long I've been afraid of
Sharing my inverse square law
Well here it comes:
Principia Mathematica!

In which I try defining gravity
Masses define the foci in gravity
And they're what pull things down!

(enter Einstein)

EINSTEIN:
Isaac
Come with me
Look at what we can prove
Together

Limited!
Your theory is so limited!
Low energy limit of its geodesic twin
Newton
Space conveys attraction

NEWTON
With.. a Hilbert action!

BOTH:
All semi-Riemannian!
With space and time defining gravity
Me/you and Einstein refining gravity
There's no such thing as down

EINSTEIN:
Well? Are you coming?

NEWTON:
I can't. I'm already dead.

EINSTEIN:
Oh! Right. Okay..

I hope you're happy
Now that your proof exists

NEWTON:
You too!
I hope it brings you bliss
And you never wind up manic
And deny quantum mechanics!

BOTH:
I hope you're happy in the end!
I hope you're happy my friend!

EINSTEIN:
So will you dare to join me
Taking the quest to find
One all-involving theory
Every force preserved and all combined
And if I die in toil
At least I'll die in peace
The world around me
Traced with geometric means

The way that I'm unifying gravity
Kaluza-Klein unifying gravity
With all the forces that we've found
And nobody, not Bohr or Bose
No physicist that is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!

NEWTON:
I hope you're happy!

CROWD:
Look at this new physics! Clever!

EINSTEIN:
Bring me down!

CROWD:
Thank you for the physics!
Now we know why things fall

EINSTEIN:
Ohhh!

CROWD:
Down!

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released March 31, 2016
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