"Squaring the Circle"
lyrics by Benjamin Newman
ttto: "Waltzing Matilda" by A. B. Patterson
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In a room by the quad lived a very odd geometer,
"I've squared the circle," he publishd with glee,
And he laughed when 'twas proved that the problem was impossible,
"Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?"
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Squaring the circle, squaring the circle,
Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?
And he laughed when 'twas proved that the problem was impossible,
"Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?"
The crazy geometer disdained the classical approach,
"Euclid the Greek was a geek!" he'd decree,
And he sang as he scribbled, holed up in his ivory tower,
"Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?"
Squaring the circle, squaring the circle...
And he sang as he scribbled, holed up in his ivory tower...
The head of the math department spoke to the geometer,
"We need a professor for Math 103,"
He said, "I can't be bothered with unproductive undergrads,"
"Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?"
Squaring the circle, squaring the circle...
He said, "I can't be bothered with unproductive undergrads..."
Now, this Ph.D. was a theorem-proving powerhouse,
But nothing he proved ever seemed to agree,
And he sang while ignoring the work of others in the field,
"Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?"
Squaring the circle, squaring the circle...
And he sang while ignoring the work of others in the field...
The dean of the college spoke to him and asked him why
None of his students had earned a degree.
He said, "How can I help it if my work is unconventional,"
"Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?"
Squaring the circle, squaring the circle...
He said, "How can I help it if my work is unconventional..."
The last that was heard from the maverick geometer was,
"God didn't stop with dimensions of three!"
And his ghost can be heard from some n-dimensional vector space,
"Who'll come a-squaring the circle with me?"
Squaring the circle, squaring the circle...
And his ghost can be heard from some n-dimensional vector space...