Winter 2006 Physics Haiku Contest

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haiku - Jan 16, 2007 at 2:15AM
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 - Jan 15, 2007 at 5:53PM
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 - Jan 10, 2007 at 9:17PM
brian diederich
4 Posts

Big Bang Creation
Evolution then began
Unify all thought

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

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

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

Motion energy
Information energy
Mass is energy

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

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

light - Jan 6, 2007 at 2:27PM
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 - Jan 5, 2007 at 1:17PM
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 - Jan 3, 2007 at 7:45PM
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

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

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

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

Haiku - Dec 30, 2006 at 9:49PM
Bryan Daniels
154 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 - Jan 19, 2007 at 2:24PM)
Two, three! - Dec 29, 2006 at 9:34AM
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 - Dec 28, 2006 at 8:40PM
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

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

Electromagnetic Fountain of Youth - Dec 27, 2006 at 11:51AM
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 - Dec 27, 2006 at 11:41AM
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 - Dec 27, 2006 at 9:31AM
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 - Dec 26, 2006 at 5:06PM
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

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

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

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

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

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

From forces within
Nuclear, electrical  
We are connected.

Haiku - Dec 24, 2006 at 10:07PM
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 - Dec 24, 2006 at 3:09PM
Oliver Hakizimana
10 Posts

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

Most of my haiku - Dec 23, 2006 at 4:55PM
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 - Dec 22, 2006 at 5:40PM
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Sarah Marheine
2 Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strong and weak forces,
gravity, unite?

4 haikus - Dec 21, 2006 at 5:09PM
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 - Dec 21, 2006 at 2:15PM
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 - Dec 21, 2006 at 1:25PM
Afrooz Family
1 Posts

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

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

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

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

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

Haiku - Dec 20, 2006 at 11:13PM
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. - Dec 20, 2006 at 11:11PM
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 - Dec 20, 2006 at 7:49PM
Matthew McDougle
1 Posts


Stand upon shoulders
Explore the uncertainties
Physical knowledge

Physics Haiku Submissions - Dec 20, 2006 at 5:14PM
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 - Dec 20, 2006 at 4:05PM
Richard Wiener
1 Posts

Chaos surrounds us
Irreversible in time
Yet the mind is still

frustration - Dec 20, 2006 at 3:44PM
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 - Dec 23, 2006 at 5:03PM)
Haiku of Winter - Dec 20, 2006 at 3:31PM
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 - Dec 20, 2006 at 11:17AM
Bob Nishimoto
1 Posts

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

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

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

Haiku - Dec 19, 2006 at 9:32PM
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 - Dec 19, 2006 at 4:59PM
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 - Dec 19, 2006 at 2:31PM
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 - Dec 19, 2006 at 2:27PM
Billy Quarles
2 Posts

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

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

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

Picking the mind of who? - Dec 9, 2006 at 1:01PM
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 - Nov 17, 2006 at 11:01AM
Lyle Avatar
Hilo, HI
148 Posts

Colorful rainbow
of sparkling crystals in air -

Dazzle my senses

Here are the rules. - Nov 16, 2006 at 11:32AM
Dave Avatar
San Marcos, Texas
420 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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