The event's brainy ballads included "The Relativity Song," set to music from "The Little Mermaid," and "The Love Song of the Electric Field," sung to the tune of "Loch Lomond." The tradition of singing songs about physics at social gatherings of physicists can be traced back to Scottish theorist James Clerk Maxwell, who in 1852 rewrote the lyrics to "Comin' through the Rye" so that the song was no longer about two lovers meeting but rather about the physics of collisions. Both singing and nonsinging chemists, particularly those fond of graphs and equations, could find plenty to interest them in the 6,800 papers presented at the meeting. /articles/84/i16/Physicists-Cast-Anchor-Baltimore.html 20060417 Meeting spotlights novel electronic materials, antibiotic coatings, and an antiaging skin cream 84 16 /magazine/84/8416.html /departments/.html Physicists Cast Anchor In Baltimore Science & Technology Bethany Halford Physicists Cast Anchor In Baltimore Chemical & Engineering News Physicists Cast Anchor In Baltimore APS Meeting Highlights Physicists Cast Anchor In Baltimore Graphene Eyed As The Next Big Thing In Carbon-Based Electronics Skin Cream Made With Physics Know-How A Silver Bullet For Infections?
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April 17, 2006