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Symphony of Science: The Quantum World!

Chris Higgins
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Featuring Morgan Freeman, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Richard Feynman, and Frank Close, the latest installment of the Symphony of Science is educational and fun -- it's about quantum physics, and offers a cursory introduction to the topic. Of course you can only do so much in a three-and-a-half minute auto-tuned song, but I was impressed. The ending (a bit from Feynman) really made me smile. Enjoy:

Lyrics after the jump:

Lyrics: [Morgan Freeman] So, what are we really made of? Dig deep inside the atom and you'll find tiny particles Held together by invisible forces Everything is made up Of tiny packets of energy Born in cosmic furnaces [Frank Close] The atoms that we're made of have Negatively charged electrons Whirling around a big bulky nucleus [Michio Kaku] The Quantum Theory Offers a very different explanation Of our world [Brian Cox] The universe is made of Twelve particles of matter Four forces of nature That's a wonderful and significant story [Richard Feynman] Suppose that little things Behaved very differently Than anything big Nothing's really as it seems It's so wonderfully different Than anything big The world is a dynamic mess Of jiggling things It's hard to believe [Kaku] The quantum theory Is so strange and bizarre Even Einstein couldn't get his head around it [Cox] In the quantum world The world of particles Nothing is certain It's a world of probabilities (refrain) [Feynman] It's very hard to imagine All the crazy things That things really are like Electrons act like waves No they don't exactly They act like particles No they don't exactly [Stephen Hawking] We need a theory of everything Which is still just beyond our grasp We need a theory of everything, perhaps The ultimate triumph of science (refrain) [Feynman] I gotta stop somewhere I'll leave you something to imagine

For a bit more on quantum physics, consult Wikipedia or look up those Brian Cox TED Talks. For previous of the Symphony of Science, use our site search.

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