Winter 2006 Physics Haiku Contest

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haiku - January 16, 2007 at 2:15
R. Mayer
1 Posts

Beautiful bubble
Raleigh's energy balance
In transient bliss

Someone, anyone
Please unlock nature's secrets
I just want to know

Hair begins rising
Electrons ready to use
You as conduit

Entropy snapshots
Adiabatic snowball
Fractally speaking

Obstacle to thought
A physicist could wonder
Will my head be kept?

No linear term
We just get along

Entanglement is dissolved
Spooking the critters

Hot for Physics - January 15, 2007 at 5:53
Jennifer Nalley Avatar
Jennifer Nalley
Texas State San Ma...
20 Posts

Attractive Forces

Stop! IrRESISTable OHM

Talk Nerdy To ME

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Unification of Thought - Haiku - January 10, 2007 at 9:17
brian diederich
4 Posts

Big Bang Creation
Evolution then began
Unify all thought

A Force - Haiku - January 10, 2007 at 9:11
brian diederich
4 Posts

Run fast then slow down
Time will not stop but you may
A force can change things

Energy is - Haiku - January 10, 2007 at 9:11
brian diederich
4 Posts

Motion energy
Information energy
Mass is energy

Strange Beauty - Haiku - January 10, 2007 at 9:00
brian diederich
4 Posts

yin yang balance change
Up down strange beauty truth charm
Universe in flux

light - January 6, 2007 at 2:27
Danti Chen
1 Posts

Now and then she squints
At the sight of bright sunlight
Photons hit her eyes

Post edited on January 6, 2007 at 2:33 PM EST.

Relativity - January 5, 2007 at 1:17
Benjamin Bubnick
1 Posts

Haiku of Einstein
Both Special and General:

The Laws of Physics
In constant velocities
Are Always the same.

Light's velocity
Is the same for observers
In all reference frames.

E equals square root
Of m squared c to the fourth
Plus p squared c squared.

Can anyone tell
The force of gravity from

Full Moon - January 3, 2007 at 7:45
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

Beautiful moonlight
Could it be irradiance?
No, it's reflection

A Better World - January 1, 2007 at 3:59
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

Society gains
When engineers bring to life
A physicist's work

Haiku - December 30, 2006 at 9:49
Bryan Daniels
159 Posts

Wild brown brownian
bumping inefficiencies;
nowhere a straight line.

Greek letters among
mathematical marks, here.
Thoughts, glaring sunshine.

Push, bend, balance, pull;
The simple physics whispers
with cattail logic.

Changing fields changing
fields illuminate autumn
color-changing fields.

A three-line poem.
Can simplicity be a
route to cognizance?

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Re: Haiku   (Jennifer Nalley - January 19, 2007 at 2:24)
Two, three! - December 29, 2006 at 9:34
8 Posts

Haiku from the University of Louisville:

_Semi-classical Model of the Atom_

Electrons may leap
But we do not share the joy
His model's Bohring

_Light Entertainment_

Rosy shoots of Dawn
Display the beauty that is
Rayleigh Scattering

_Pocket Protectors_

Pocket Protectors
Keep ink in pens not on shirt
Physicists need them

Classical Mechanics - December 28, 2006 at 8:40
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

Classic mechanics,
To be so old and still work;
Will you retire?

Electromagnetic Fountain of Youth - December 27, 2006 at 11:51
Jennifer Nalley Avatar
Jennifer Nalley
Texas State San Ma...
20 Posts

Massive and  Mortal

Only Light Can Out-Race Time

The Force Be With You

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Ode to Physics Nerds - December 27, 2006 at 11:41
Jennifer Nalley Avatar
Jennifer Nalley
Texas State San Ma...
20 Posts

Complex Made Simple

An Irrational Logic

Greek To Who Not You

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U of L physics Haikus-20 Haikus for the masses - December 27, 2006 at 9:31
zyxtan Avatar
30 Posts

Freshman Lab Data Acquisition:

Student can measure
The radius of a ball
Poorly with yardstick

Vacation in Monaco:

Spin the wheel around
Now stroll around like a drunk
Ah! Monte Carlo

Too Lazy to Cheat on my Homework:

I am too lazy
To search the web for all the
Jackson solutions


Not too small or big
We can safely average
Still continuous

Our Group Claims Him:

Newton, physicist?
No he was more a math guy...
Tastes great! Less filling!

Test Anxiety:

How many more tests
Must I take in my lifetime?
I need a stiff drink...

Mathematicians have really bad jokes:

the integral of
one over cabin will be
log cabin har har

Coat made out of an old thermo book:

It may be the only thing
That will keep me warm

Bucket of Bosons:

Cold Helium 4
It is starting to climb out
I need a tight lid!

Press Release: Higgs wins Nobel Prize:

Peter Higgs will watch
The data from LHC
Closer than most folks

Desk Pilot:

Numb feet and back pain
My aching neck and eye strain
My desk consumes me

Paranoid Electron:

I'm not paranoid!
And to be honest I think
Pauli excludes me

Pogo powered transport:

When I get to school
There is no good place to park
Need a pogo stick

External B field:

Zeeman said "Lets split"
I think I can shut him up
turn off the magnet

Two particle system:

Covalent bonding
Two electrons-singlet state
Spin will be zero

Perturbation Theory:

Will the water rise?
you stick your thumb in the pool
now thumb in a shot glass


The Bohr radius
It's such a convenient size
To measure my stuff

Foxworthy Physics:

Might be a redneck
If you think Fine structure means:
A well built Chevy

A thankless job:

Department Chairmen
Will try to make things good, but...
will settle for less

Same Old Degenerates:

Those degenerates...
Sure, they eat up two states but-
Have one energy!

Doing More Work - December 26, 2006 at 5:06
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

The way to do W
Is to always move against
A potential field.

Doing Less Work - December 26, 2006 at 5:04
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

If you choose to move
Towards increase in U(r)
You do minus W

Haiku - December 24, 2006 at 11:12
Rita P
3 Posts

The core of all life,
Uncertain and contradicts -
Welcome to physics.

From forces within
Nuclear, electrical  
We are connected.

Haiku - December 24, 2006 at 10:07
Yuan Li
1 Posts

Holy Universe
As we realize its beauty
Entropy increases

Ludwig Boltzmann died for it
So did Ehrenfest

Absolute Zero
Fortunately can't be reached
Or we can't survive

mechanics - December 24, 2006 at 3:09
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

Old-school mechanics
Newton starts but Einstein starts
Quantum mechanics.

Most of my haiku - December 23, 2006 at 4:55
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

Absolute zero,
Why are you so far away
Even when we're close?

A spaceship goes by
Special relativity?
c is a constant.

Energy equals:
"Mass times the speed of light squared"
Derived by Einstein.

Accidents happen
When there is unexpected

Classical physics
You apply even today;
With some corrections

Pluto rocked so hard
Music could be heard on earth
The rock must go on

Dwarf Poem - December 22, 2006 at 5:40
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Sarah Marheine
2 Posts

Astronomers say
Fondest regards to Pluto.
I say good riddance.

haiku - December 22, 2006 at 2:32
Matt Demas
1 Posts

Feynman's words, not mine:
"What I cannot create, I
Do not understand"

Re: Here are the rules. - December 22, 2006 at 8:31
J. D. Roaden
1 Posts

Are you both alive and dead?
Poor Shrödinger's Cat.

Tonya's Haikus - December 21, 2006 at 7:14
Tonya Coffey
1 Posts

Physics, a science that
asks fundamental questions:
How did we begin?

Strong and weak forces,
gravity, unite?

4 haikus - December 21, 2006 at 5:09
Susan Wilkerson
1 Posts

Energy. Darkness.
Imagination staggers.
Matter. Darkness, too.

Quarks have charm, strangeness,
Color, spin, up, down, top, bottom.
Physicists go wild.

Massless meutrino.
Where are they? Has sun shut down?
Neutrino has mass.

Statistical mechanics.
Applied versus math.

Haikus for you - December 21, 2006 at 2:15
Brent Follin
2 Posts

Fall, now spring:

Potent EM waves,
saling through the void to earth;
hungry flowers feast.

The void between stars:
Birthed in constant renewal
particles collide

Huygens Principle - December 21, 2006 at 1:25
Afrooz Family
1 Posts

Every point on a
wavefront acts as a source of
secondary waves.

Physics! - December 21, 2006 at 11:48
Larry Shaltis
1 Posts

You look in wonder
And pry for understanding
The method? Physics!

haiku - December 21, 2006 at 11:22
Brook Jilek
1 Posts

Zen Master says this,
"You should be like the B-field,
never doing work."

Haiku - December 20, 2006 at 11:13
Brian Amadio
2 Posts

Sir Isaac Newton
Sat under a tree and found
that learning can hurt

Quantum Mechanics
Only three problems to solve
Why so many tests?

Re: Here are the rules. - December 20, 2006 at 11:11
Brian Amadio
2 Posts

Sir Isaac Newton
Sat under a tree and found
that learning can hurt

Quantum Mechanics
Only three problems to solve
Why so many tests?

Phaikuysics - December 20, 2006 at 7:49
Matthew McDougle
1 Posts


Stand upon shoulders
Explore the uncertainties
Physical knowledge

Physics Haiku Submissions - December 20, 2006 at 5:14
Jenny Nielsen
1 Posts

Frog jumps from the pond;
an electron leaps across
the solar system.

These would-be boyfriends--
all virtual particles
popping in and out!

Now you are gone--and
an electron from my shoe
is on Uranus.

Can The Nucleus
pull electrons home? I want
that piece of heart back.

Ouch--blanket sparkling
as I wrap myself up warm;
electrons again!

Chaos - December 20, 2006 at 4:05
Richard Wiener
1 Posts

Chaos surrounds us
Irreversible in time
Yet the mind is still

frustration - December 20, 2006 at 3:44
Jason Grigsby
1 Posts

Physics is great, though
nothing hurts quite like Stat-Mech.
Bose is the devil.

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Re: frustration   (Oliver Hakizimana - December 23, 2006 at 5:03)
Haiku of Winter - December 20, 2006 at 3:31
A Viano
5 Posts

Tipping Earth brings cold
Absolute Zero: OK
Physics is too cool

Post edited on December 20, 2006 at 3:32 PM EST.

Haiku - December 20, 2006 at 11:17
Bob Nishimoto
1 Posts

Nature calls the one
To learn, to teach, to wonder
Physics path is ours

haiku contest - December 19, 2006 at 9:38
Jared LeBlanc
2 Posts

Radiative heat
Streams forth from the dark abyss--
From whence does it come?

Haiku - December 19, 2006 at 9:32
Brent Follin
2 Posts

virtual photons

strangely sail forth from charges!

Does this explain it?

Beautiful forests,

leaves, like an apple falling;

Blame the Graviton?

Post edited on December 19, 2006 at 9:58 PM EST.

Physics Haiku Contest - December 19, 2006 at 4:59
Rita P
3 Posts

Quantum enigma,
My light shines but not for long.
What path does one take?

Dynamic system,
How does one describe your fate?
Lagrangian will do!

Stars seem frozen still;
Yet seen deep within its core -
Nuclear actions.

Post edited on December 24, 2006 at 11:13 PM EST.

haiku - December 19, 2006 at 2:31
Billy Quarles
2 Posts

Energy equals
The product of h and v.
Or life renewed.

Post edited on December 19, 2006 at 2:32 PM EST.

Haiku - December 19, 2006 at 2:27
Billy Quarles
2 Posts

I am attracted
By a proportional force.
The dark hunger lurks

Haiku - December 19, 2006 at 12:44
Adam Ginsburg
1 Posts

Simply, all are springs
Or so we understand things.
Do you feel shaky?

Picking the mind of who? - December 9, 2006 at 1:01
Jennifer Nalley Avatar
Jennifer Nalley
Texas State San Ma...
20 Posts

Beginning and End                      

Entropy more How than Why        


Post edited on December 27, 2006 at 11:42 AM EST.

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Physics Contest Haiku - November 17, 2006 at 11:01
Lyle Avatar
Norman, OK
149 Posts

Colorful rainbow
of sparkling crystals in air -

Dazzle my senses

Here are the rules. - November 16, 2006 at 11:32
Dave Avatar
San Marcos, Texas
431 Posts

We've run this contest before, and it was pretty popular, so we thought we would run it again.  Here's how it works:

We want you to write physics-related haiku.  Multiple entries are allowed and encouraged.  Entries must conform to the following guidelines:

  1. All submissions must follow the 5-7-5 form of classic Japanese haiku.
  2. All submissions must be related to physics.
  3. Haiku entries must be submitted by January 15, 2007.
Judging will be based on the physics content and adherence to more subtle aspects of the haiku form as explained at the site linked below.

Up to three entries (as chosen by The Nucleus staff) will receive $15.00 gift certificates to either i-tunes or

As an example, here's an entry from the last time we ran this contest.

Baffling entropy
Opaque as the winter fog

What does it all mean?


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