The Cosmic Verses
A Rhyming History of the UniverseBook - 2007
From mankind's ancestors to Professor Stephen Hawking, James Muirden cleverly and humorously examines our quest to make sense of the cosmos in wonderful rhyming couplets. If you've ever wondered about the universe, or wanted to broaden your horizons, here are the theories, discoveries, writings and sayings of Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoras, Ptolemy, and the Arab astronomers and mathematicians who flourished during Europe's Dark Ages, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Boyle and many more by way of Einstein and so to the present day...and now the education is fun! Here also are the thoughts of space scientists, alchemists, writers, and theologians all weighing in on the cosmos as, through Muirden's delightful presentation, he spins the history of science on a new axis.
Here's a short excerpt from The Cosmic Verses :
Pythagoras thought the world a sphere,
(a new and startling idea!),
but his enduring claim to fame
is through the proof that bears his name.
Draw any triangle that you dare,
one corner being nice and square:
the shorter sides call a and b,
the long hypotenuse call c...
then c2 equals you will find,
the squares of a and b combined.