Education: Physics Appreciation 10

There was once a young lady called Bright,

Who traveled much faster than light.

She started one day

On her relative way,

And came back on the previous night.

This limerickization of a facet of Einstein's theory of relativity is a sample of the witty, plain-speaking physics that has moved over 900 University of California students to sign up for next semester's early-morning (8 o'clock) freshman course, catalogued simply as: "Physics 10. Descriptive introduction to physics." Limerick-wielder, parablist and reason for the rush: the lecturer in Physics 10 this spring, Dr. Edward Teller. The brilliant...

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