Saturday, March 08, 2008

Finite Simple Group (of order most excruciatingly 1)

And right when I thought it was just another dreary day spent deciding between red pills and blue pills (with not a shade of any other color :-( Life in Magenta sucks), along came this wee song that had me completely in splits! It's by this band The Klein Four Group, and all the members are math grad students at Northwestern University. The song's called "Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)", and it makes for a lovely, lovely tune even if you're not interested in Group Theory in the least :-) Thanks a ton, Harshal!

And here are the lyrics:

Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)
The Klein Four Group

The path of love is never smooth
But mine's continuous for you
You're the upper bound in the chains of my heart
You're my Axiom of Choice, you know it's true

But lately our relation's not so well-defined
And I just can't function without you
I'll prove my proposition and I'm sure you'll find
We're a finite simple group of order two

I'm losing my identity
I'm getting tensor every day
And without loss of generality
I will assume that you feel the same way

Since every time I see you, you just quotient out
The faithful image that I map into
But when we're one-to-one you'll see what I'm about
'Cause we're a finite simple group of order two

Our equivalence was stable,
A principal love bundle sitting deep inside
But then you drove a wedge between our two-forms
Now everything is so complexified

When we first met, we simply-connected
My heart was open but too dense
Our system was already directed
To have a finite limit, in some sense

I'm living in the kernel of a rank-one map
From my domain, its image looks so blue,
'Cause all I see are zeroes, it's a cruel trap
But we're a finite simple group of order two

I'm not the smoothest operator in my class,
But we're a mirror pair, me and you,
So let's apply forgetful functors to the past
And be a finite simple group, a finite simple group,
Let's be a finite simple group of order two

I've proved my proposition now, as you can see,
So let's both be associative and free
And by corollary, this shows you and I to be
Purely inseparable. Q. E. D.



Mahesh Mahadevan said...

My hand itches, I need to put some reference to Quantum Chromodynamics!

Your life is down, and it's hitting the bottom, and all of it looks strange. But all you need is some charm, to get up, back on top...

A loud applause to your wonderful insight on Magenta in color, and for the record that is two-thirds! I beg to add that the flavor of this post is QCD and not just the wonderful song :-D

Anonymous said...

The Nature blog, The Great Beyond, has an entire series of posts dedicated to science songs.

And then, there's Feynman playing the bongos.

Kedar said...

The Square Root Of Three
by Kumar Patel

I fear that I will always be
A lonely number like root three
A three is all that's good and right
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath a vicious square root sign
I wish instead I were a nine
For nine could thwart this evil trick
With some quick arithematic
I know I'll never see the sun
As one point seven three two one
Such is my reality
A sad irrationality
When hark! What is this I see
Another square root of a three
Has quietly come waltzing by
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer
Rejoicing as an integer
We break free from our mortal bonds
And with a wave of magic wands
Our square signs become unglued
And love for me has been renewed