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       ~ original form of the Dirac equation by Paul Dirac

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Now, you may be thinking, "What in the heck is going on here? This is Poetry Month, not Random Science Equation Month!" So, allow me to explain.

The last word of yesterday's poem was "matter." When I went looking for today's poem, I decided I wanted to look for "matter" in the science-y sense because science is awesome. So I did some Googling and eventually ended up with the search terms "physics matter poem"1 which led me to this 2002 article from The Guardian: ["Physics + Dirac = poetry"]. And I loved that perspective of equations as poetry. I love thinking outside the box and seeing things in a different light. Seeing poetry beyond words is brilliant.

Also, it reminds me of my favorite Emily Dickinson [poem], which I'll add below because it's so short and it fits the theme, but, just so we're clear, the Poem of the Day is totally Dirac's equation, okay?

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie —
True Poems flee —



1. Dirac's equation predicted the existence of antimatter, hence the "matter" connection.

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