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Scientific Songs of Praise
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:34:20 AM »
They've added some new ones since last year -- my favorite:

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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 06:36:07 AM »
Quite enjoyed that. Although I have never heard that pronunciation of the word 'maths' before! Seriously!  :puke:
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 06:56:23 AM »
Quite enjoyed that. Although I have never heard that pronunciation of the word 'maths' before! Seriously!  :puke:

Probably an American thing, tho we usually leave the "s" off.
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 07:02:42 AM »
Quite enjoyed that. Although I have never heard that pronunciation of the word 'maths' before! Seriously!  :puke:

Probably an American thing, tho we usually leave the "s" off.

I think it was more likely an example of lack of talent on the part of the lyricist. :)
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 08:41:36 AM »
Surely if it was an American pronounciation then "paths" should have rhymed with "maths" as we Brits say it, short "a". Not "parths" and "marths".

Poetic licence but the wrong way round?

I did wonder if the choir was German.
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 10:26:22 AM »
The lyricist for most of these songs is Middle Eastern (or at least he has a Middle Eastern name), tho I don't know if that would affect anything.  Maybe if the singers had a particular accent?  Who sticks Rs into English words wantonly (other than, apparently, the Germans)?  I know zero about such things -- I don't even hear the difference.
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 08:39:03 PM »
Quite enjoyed that. Although I have never heard that pronunciation of the word 'maths' before! Seriously!  :puke:

 ;D Not even from someone trying to parody a posh English accent?
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2017, 11:10:39 PM »
Use of the plural term for mathematics is common among mathematicians, particularly British and Oz practitioners. It is the plural form because math has many different disciplines.  Another quirk is to refer to "the calculus"  I do not know why the word the is part of the description.

It may be enough to say that math geeks have their own ways of doing, or saying, things

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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 11:30:21 PM »
This is the first SSoP I heard last year, and still my absolute favorite:

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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 01:30:07 AM »
This one is for Hermes.....
And this one is for xSP.....

Sandy, the space station one is my favorite too. There is a serious emotional content there. I am sad that so few of us seem to get it. 


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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 05:59:35 AM »
^^^ :rofl:
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 04:59:51 PM »
And this one is for xSP.....

:tellmemore: That's very good Icarus, I like it! :grin:
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2017, 12:38:27 PM »
Did anyone ever introduce Icarus to Dara Ó Briain?
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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2017, 01:08:50 AM »
Did anyone ever introduce Icarus to Dara Ó Briain?

I am out of the loop BP.   Who is Dara O'Briain?  My Naivete and other absences of awareness herewith duly acknowledged.  What the hell, I am only trying to learn.

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Re: Scientific Songs of Praise
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2017, 07:33:53 AM »
Did anyone ever introduce Icarus to Dara Ó Briain?

I am out of the loop BP.   Who is Dara O'Briain?  My Naivete and other absences of awareness herewith duly acknowledged.  What the hell, I am only trying to learn.

Dara O'Briain bit of a polymath TV science presenter and comedian.
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