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Short poem

A. H. Reginald Buller (1874-1944)


              1There was a young lady named Bright
              2Whose speed was far faster than light;
              3    She set out one day,
              4    In a relative way
              5And returned on the previous night.


2] Alfred Einstein's special theory of relativity predicts that time passes more slowly for those going at very high speeds than for those a relative rest. Faster-than-light travel may appear to contravene this theory, but the laws of physics allow for the possibility of worm-holes in space-time that would enable passage from one point to another much more quickly than light manages in conventional space-time. See Lawrence H. Ford and Thomas A. Roman, "Negative Energy, Wormholes and Warp Drive," Scientific American (Jan. 2000): 46-53.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William S. Baring-Gould, The Lure of the Limerick: An Uninhibited History (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1967): 5.
First publication date: 19 December 1923
Publication date note: Punch (Dec. 19, 1923): 591. [Unattributed]
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/6

Composition date: 1923
Form: limerick

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