Bohemian Gravity

Timothy Blaise explains string theory to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody.

This is quite good, although I’m not any closer to understanding string theory after having viewed it:

io9 (“This physics grad student made a mind-blowing Bohemian Rhapsody cover“):

Question: What do you get when you mix a cappella, sock puppets, string theory and Queen? Answer: The geekiest (and astonishingly good, musically speaking) cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” EVAR. Easily the greatest physics-themed cover of the classic we’ve ever heard. Seriously. The thing’s a masterpiece.

To be fair, “Bohemian Gravity” may well be the only physics-themed version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” ever made, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is very, very well done. The creation of McGill University Masters candidate Timothy Blaise (who posted this link to his recently submitted thesis, along with the video), the track does way more than touch on some of the more confounding elements of string theory; from a compositional standpoint, it also manages to be an outstanding cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” full stop. Also, there’s an Einstein sock puppet. Now who the hell can’t get behind that?

via Jimmy Gerrond

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  1. Jenos Idanian #13 says:




    You KNOW Brian May has to approve of this. Hell, I wonder if he somehow helped the kid out.

  2. Ernieyeball says:

    For this guy to describe String Theory is a walk in the park.
    Let him try and explain why the Cubs can’t win a World Series!

  3. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Ernieyeball: To explain that one probably requires a degree in theology…

  4. Grewgills says:

    The science is a little mushy, but it is string theory so that can’t be helped.
    I can honestly say this is the best description I have seen of string theory set to music.
    Another great science/music mash up

  5. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Grewgills: Eh, you snotty-nosed punks and your new-fangled ideas and music. You have no respect for the classics.

    Now get off my lawn!

  6. Franklin says:

    It’s too bad this came out right after amplituhedrons stole all the thunder from string theory.

  7. grumpy realist says:

    It’s been definitely making the rounds among the physics geek crowd. I just got sent a copy by a friend.