Thursday, May 14, 2009

My mind is spinning

I can spin around in circles
enclosing and looping
a closed circuit
and get nothing done
understanding nothing
spinning my wheels
my mind is spinning
pulling in and collapsing

Or I can spin around in circles
and need nothing done
opening outwardly
orbiting the universe
(instead of my own thoughts)
freeing myself
giddy like a little kid.
Flinging my arms wide and spinning.



Beth said...

Are you really grateful for quantum mechanics?

Sue said...

Yes. AND I'm grateful that I don't have to actually UNDERSTAND it. But I have a question for you, too. Why do you question my gratitude for quantum mechanics, my not my gratitude for string theory???

Laurie said...

I dont even know what quantum mechanics MY mind is spinning : ) Cute poem Sue!

Preeti Shenoy said...

Nice poem!
The thoughts in it make u want to soar.

Beth said...

Quantum mechanics is a set of principles underlying the most fundamental known description of all physical systems at the submicroscopic scale . Notable among these principles are both a dual wave-like and particle-like behavior of matter and radiation, and prediction...
String theory...
Think of a guitar string that has been tuned by stretching the string under tension across the guitar. Depending on how the string is plucked and how much tension is in the string, different musical notes will be created by the string. These musical notes could be said to be excitation modes of that guitar string under tension.
In a similar manner, in string theory, the elementary particles we observe in particle accelerators could be thought of as the "musical notes" or excitation modes of elementary strings.
In string theory, as in guitar playing, the string must be stretched under tension in order to become excited. However, the strings in string theory are floating in spacetime, they aren't tied down to a guitar. Nonetheless, they have tension. The string tension in string theory is denoted by the quantity 1/(2 p a'), where a' is pronounced "alpha prime"and is equal to the square of the string length scale.
guess I like guitars.....

jozien said...

Wow Sue, i love it.
and honest i didn't read it before now, wish i had. Because i like the last part, i remember next time when my head's spinning!

Sue said...

Beth... All those tense and excited strings...

Jozien... Thanks! I've been enjoying your poems, so I've been trying my own!