WATCH: How To Hum Quantum Physics, With Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Don’t you just love it when someone manages to transform something hard and impenetrable into something fun? Especially something like quantum physics which would, to a layperson, take so long to learn the hard way that whatever fleeting interest you had at the beginning would have long since gone by the end.

Hats off to John D. Boswell, the musician behind Symphony of Science, a project aimed at setting science to music, to make it easier to process.

His latest video has taken various snippets of footage about quantum physics, from such scientific luminaries as Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox (off the BBC’s Wonders of the Solar System) and Morgan Freeman, and edited them into a fairly servicable pop song, using autotune.

At best, this is a valuable learning tool, and at worst, at least we’ve finally got an autotuned pop song where the only club on offer is Science Club.

All together now: “the universe is made of twelve particles of matter, four forces of nature…”

Don’t you just wish your science lessons had been like this?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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