Songs from 1947 by
These recordings were made in 1947 by faculty and
students of the "State University of Iowa" (now the University
of Iowa). Prof. Arthur Roberts (of the
physics dept.) wrote all the music and words, except as noted below.
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Lead Vocals: Everett W. Hall,
Head of the Philosophy Department. Prof. Hall authored
several texts, including Philosophical Systems: A
Categorial Analysis (Chicago University Press, 1960) and
Modern Science & Human Values: A Study in the History
of Ideas (2nd Ed.: Delta, 1966).
Many thanks to the family of Prof. Roberts for their
permission to post these songs here, to Prof.
Tony Rothman (Princeton University Physics Dept.) for the loan of
the original 78 rpm recordings, to Prof. Richard Freedman (Haverford
College Music Dept.) for assistance with conversion to digital media,
and to Chris Kingsley for digital cleanup of the recordings.
Chorus (members of the Physics Dept.): Prof. John A.
Eldridge, Prof. Joseph M. Jauch, and graduate students L. J.
Luft, Milton Moon, Charles A. Wert, H. Bruce Phillips, and
Carlton Schrader. Prof. Jauch was co-author of the
well-known text The Theory of Photons and Electrons
(2nd Ed.: Springer Verlag, 1976.) Prof. Eldridge was author
of The Physical Basis of Things (McGraw-Hill, 1934)
and of College Physics (McGraw-Hill, 1937). Charles
Wert co-authored The Physics of Solids (2nd
Ed.: McGraw-Hill, 1970) .
Piano: Prof. Arthur Roberts
for a different performance of Take Away Your Billion Dollars (with
the same performers), and clips from alternate performances of three
other songs from above. (Note in particular the slightly different
lyrics on How Nice to Be a Physicist.) This is part
of the American Institute of Physics historical
to Arthur Roberts Song Page
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