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Song Parodies -> "Call Them Undecidable: Kurt Godel's Theme"

Original Song Title:

"Call Me Irresponsible"

Original Performer:

Frank Sinatra

Parody Song Title:

"Call Them Undecidable: Kurt Godel's Theme"

Parody Written by:

Jeff Stambo

The Lyrics

Einstein's best walking buddy in Princeton during his IAS years was Kurt Godel, another German refugee whose eponymous theorem represents one of the most original results in 20th century mathematics. Carly Simon wrote the original Godel song: "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." But after 30 years, it's worth another go. Sure, it would have been easy to throw in a line like "This song is not about Kurt Godel", but I don't do easy. So I went back to Jimmy van Heusen for the melody, and doctored the Sammy Cahn lyric (one of his better efforts, and that's saying something). No apologies necessary, as Sammy made a very good living doctoring other folks' lyrics. Like everything those guys wrote together, this song had rhymes which were tight and memorable, so it's a perfect vehicle for a parody.
Call them undecidable
Call them non-computable
Throw in non-deducible, too

Formal statements in mathematics
Can't fool Godel's logical acrobatics

Call them incompatible
Tell me they're unprovable
Bertrand Russell, bid him adieu
Call them non-computable
Yes, they're undecidable
Still I say, decidedly too
That Godel's theorem's completely true

(second ending)

Call them non-includable
Say they're not deducible
Alfred Whitehead---pardon me, who?
Call them undecidable
Tell me they're unprovable
Then let's go and prove it anew
That Godel's Theorem's completely true

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Collegian - May 24, 2007 - Report this comment
Ah yes, Kurt Godel... Wasn't he also the one who proved logically that you can't have a program capable of catching any computer virus unless it has the same ability to interfere with any part of your computer that any virus does?

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