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The Best Acoustics Session


A favorite tradition at the APS March Meeting is the annual Physics Sing-Along! Old show tunes and contemporary classics alike are remixed and reworded with a distinct physical sciences flavor. Old favorites made an appearance like "Oh How I Love to Do Physics" sung to the tune of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma and numerous Tom Lehrer ditties. My personal favorite of the evening was "Fabricate" sung to the tune of "Cabaret", about the notorious physics fraud Jan Hendrik Schön. The whole event was organized by Walter F. Smith of Haverford College, who keeps a whole database of songs at his website.

Last night's encore, "Alpha Decay," a riff on the Village People's "YMCA," was a heckuva crowd pleaser.

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