Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KARL POPPER (1902-1994)

“In science, conjectures are tested,
And falsified theories protested.
But physics is great
In its falsified state:
Let's just have the theory retested."

Monday, March 30, 2015

D. C. Williams

D. C. WILLIAMS (1899-1983)

“I say, there is no universal,
Just tropes that exist in dispersal.
But if ‘trope’ is a type
Then my theory is tripe,
And that will cause total reversal."

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Martin Heidegger


A phenomenological jerk
Hated good analytical work.
He composed Sein und Zeit,
And liked Nazis all right,
Firing Jews was a pleasant job perk.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ludwig Wittgenstein


“Philosophical problems are bunk,
They’re just so much nonsensical junk.
If you let the fly out,
She’ll be happy, no doubt,
To escape metaphysical funk."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen

BORIS PODOLSKY (1896-1966)
NATHAN ROSEN (1909-1995)

‘Tis Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen
Whom God in his wisdom has chosen
To teach us to query
The Danes’ quantum theory:
Smart Jews paradoxes repose in.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

G. E. MOORE (1873-1958)

“If you deny that you’re two handed,
Then you’ll be roundly reprimanded.
If in doubt you remain
Then you’re surely insane,
And hence in custody remanded."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GOTTLOB FREGE (1848-1925)

“Our concepts are unsaturated,
With objects they need to be mated.
But that darned concept ‘horse’
Is an object, of course,
Which leaves me completely deflated."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GEORG CANTOR (1845-1918)

I love that huge class of all classes,
The class that none other surpasses.
“But wait! Larger we’ll get
With this set’s power set,”
Said Cantor, the king of wiseasses.

Monday, March 23, 2015


‘Twas Hegel who waxed so prophetic
In prose that was much too hermetic.
First his thesis came true
Then antithesis too,
And lastly, confusion synthetic.

Note: Thanks to Carl Sachs for his encouragement.  He offered me "bagel", because Monty Python had already taken "Schlegel".  I came up with "finagle".  Maybe one of these days I'll come up with a "Hegel-finagle-bagel" limerick.  In the meantime, the rest of you, up and at 'em!