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A. H. Reginald Buller
(19 Apr 1874 - 3 Jul 1944)

British-Canadian mycologist who wrote seven volumes of Researches in Fungi, Essays in Wheat and Practical Botany. He wrote limericks, of which, Relativity remains well-known.

Science Quotes by A. H. Reginald Buller (2 quotes)

There was a young lady named Bright,
Whose speed was far faster than light;
She set out one day
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.
— A. H. Reginald Buller
Published without attribution in Punch (19 Dec 1923), 165, 591. He was later identified as the author, based his claim to have written it, in a letter to The Observer (1937).
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To her friends said the Bright one in chatter,
“I have learned something new about matter:
My speed was so great,
Much increased was my weight,
Yet I failed to become any fatter!”
— A. H. Reginald Buller
Collected in Baring-Gould, The Lure of the Limerick: An Uninhibited History (1967), 6. As cited in John de Pillis, 777 Mathematical Conversation Starters, 277.
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