Oh when I rush to the start
Running in circles
Coming back as we are
The chords and vocal melody of The Scientist are, either by coincidence or by artistic plagiarism, incredibly similar to the song "Pieces" by US punk band Sum 41.
Pieces was composed at least a couple of years after this song, so it is possible that Sum 41 songwriter Derick Whibley had heard the song years earlier and had the chord progression floating around his subconscious. This is not uncommon amongst songwriters.