First And Second Law: Flanders And Swann

From the stage performance ‘At The Drop Of Another Hat’ in 1964

Lyrics:

Michael Flanders= M, Donald Swann = D

M: The First law of Thermodynamics.
M: Heat is work and work is heat
D: Heat is work and work is heat
M: Very Good.
D: The Second law of thermodynamics.
M: Heat cannot of itself pass from one body to a hotter body
D: Heat cannot of itself pass from one body to a hotter body
M: Heat won’t pass from a cooler to a hotter
D: Heat won’t pass from a cooler to a hotter
M: You can try it if you like but you’d far better not-a
D: You can try it if you like but you’d far better not-a
M: ‘Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a rule-a
D: ‘Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a rule-a
M: ‘Cos the hotter body’s heat will pass to the cooler
D: ‘Cos the hotter body’s heat will pass to the cooler
Heat is work and work is heat and work is heat and heat is work
M: Heat will pass by conduction and
D: Heat will pass by conduction and
M: Heat will pass by convection and
D: Heat will pass by convection and
M: Heat will pass by radiation
D: Heat will pass by radiation
And that’s a physical law

M: Heat is work and work’s a curse
M: And all the heat in the universe
M: Is gonna cool down,
M: ‘Cos it can’t increase
M: Then there’ll be no more work
M: And there’ll be perfect peace
D: Really?
M: Yeah, that’s entropy, Man.
M: And all because of the second law of thermodynamics which lays down:
M: That you can’t pass heat from a cooler to a hotter
M: Try it if you like but you’d far better not-a
‘Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a rule-a
‘Cos the hotter body’s heat will pass to the cooler

Oh, you can’t pass heat from a cooler to a hotter
Try it if you like but you’ll only look a fool-a
‘Cos the cold in the cooler will get hotter as a rule-a
And that’s a physical law
M: Oh, I’m hot
D: That’s because you’ve been working!
M: Oh, Beatles, nothing!
That’s the first and second laws of thermodynamics.

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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