William John Macquorn Rankine

(1820 - 1872 / Scotland)

William John Macquorn Rankine Poems

1. The Mathematician In Love 1/3/2003
2. The Three Foot Rule 4/21/2010
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The Three Foot Rule

When I was bound apprentice, and learned to use my hands,
Folk never talked of measures that came from foreign lands:
Now I'm a British Workman, too old to go to school;
So whether the chisel or file I hold, I'll stick to my three-foot rule.

Some talk of millimetres, and some of kilogrammes,
And some of decilitres, to measure beer and drams;
But I'm a British Workman, too old to go to school,
So by pounds I'll eat, and by quarts I'll drink, and I'll work by my three-foot rule.

A party of astronomers went measuring the earth,
And forty million metres they took...

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