Arthur Roberts (July 6, 1912 – April 22, 2004) was an American physicist and composer.He is remembered for several humoristic and satirical songs on scientific subjects, which he sang to piano accompaniment.Songs
His best-known songs are preserved in a 78rpm vinyl record made in 1947. The songs are performed by faculty and students of the "State University of Iowa" (now the University of Iowa).His song Take away your billion dollars (1948) inveighs against Berkelitis, the mega-project mania inspired by the huge growth of the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory in the 1930s and later by the Manhattan project that took over physics research after World War II; and he calls for a return to brains-before-dollars science::It seems that I'm a failure, just a piddling dilettante,Within six months a mere ten thousand bucks is all I've spentWith love and string and sealing wax was physics kept aliveLet not the wealth of Midas hide the goal for which we strive.In The
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