The Things That It Discovers Will Rock You In The Head

By Sean Carroll | July 28, 2008 3:20 pm

I suspect the LHC must be close to ready — they’re coming out with rap videos now.

Via Adam at US/LHC Blogs, although the video was posted by writer/rapper Katherine McAlpine, formerly of Physics Buzz.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Music, Science and Society
  • Bside


    That video makes me wish that little black holes will form and suck the earth into oblivion. Because that would mean the video would also disappear forever. But thank you for your fine work otherwise, sir.


  • oh dear

    talk about cringe-worthy…

  • Rien

    Ouch. If you want to prove that physicists don’t have a clue, this is the perfect way. Average Homeboy without the laughs.

  • jiminy

    and if you wanted to prove that blog commenters were humourless stiffs, this thread would be a good start.

  • andy.s

    I think the Hawking voice synth was a nice touch.

    Shall we flag this as a sign that silly season is almost here?

  • Aramael

    This is one of the most wonderful things I have ever seen — no sarcasm, no irony. This is brilliant. I think there is a, shall we say, peanut gallery, that believes SCIENCE! is too important for these sorts of antics, but to them I would say, think of the children. Wait, I would never say that, that phrase has been completely appropriated by the far right.

    What I will say is that this video is, in terms of public relations, worth a hundred papers, and if you don’t think PR is important, you obviously don’t give a crap about what the next generation is going to be doing.

    Hi! I’m Aramael, I’m normally a very nice person.

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  • mogget03

    I really like this. The Hawking voice is very reminiscent of MC Hawking. There’s actually a “genre” of rap about science and the like called nerdcore.

    Why can’t science be funny?

  • Evan

    This is awesome, but in a totally nerdy, almost embarrassing way. I think its mad sweet, but it is probably a bit too nerdy for those who like science but aren’t ‘hardcore’, or ‘nerdcore’ if you will. The problem with things like this is that you already have to buy into the awesomeness of the LHC, for instance, to get past the dorky aspect. But even still, its awesome, funny and needs a whole album!
    Smugness serves nothing but extinction!

  • Flaming Pope

    Reminds me of that scene in the Incredible Hulk. “Stupid Graduate Students”

    lol – but seriously, the video still showed them piecing the thing together, though hard to tell on the large scale however. Its supposed to be up and running this year so I wouldn’t be too surprised to find out the students aren’t needed for the final stages of completion.

  • Rien

    #4 jiminy:
    Yes, or that some of them are so humorless that they laugh at anything. You know, if you find everything or anything funny, you don’t have a sense of humor either 😉

  • Aaron

    This was gold! What’s wrong with you people?

    Song is like a real-life ‘intergalactic’ (beastie boys)

  • michael

    I’ll admit my first thought at the suggestion was, why waste the effort on something like that…. Then I got jealous and realized the last time condensed matter physics had a music video it was made by Hitachi to announce perpendicular magnetic storage bits.

    Sigh… Why can’t we make something better than that? Taking your message to the public (even if a bit wacky) : High Energy Physics 10, Condensed Matter 0.5


  • Lawrence B. Crowell

    It is a curious aspect of the modern world. While our science, mathematics and technology has risen to amazing heights, in our age things like the arts, music, architecture have sunk into the toilet.

    Lawrence B. Crowell

  • Harold

    I was just going to post in the comments of the previous post a link to this video. Thanks for spreading the word yo!

  • Pieter Kok

    Aaron, please do not compare this to the Beastie Boys.

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  • mk


    For #s 1, 2 and 3… Seriously kids, lighten up. Longer, happier life will follow. Sheesh.

  • Sili

    Why Lead by the way? Can’t they get their hands on a bit of Uranium? Or is bigger not better in this case?

  • Sili

    Oh! And why don’t the three other forces escape into the extra dimensions like Gravity does?

  • gyokusai

    Lawrence B. Crowell sez:

    It is a curious aspect of the modern world. While our science, mathematics and technology has risen to amazing heights, in our age things like the arts, music, architecture have sunk into the toilet.

    Well we’re certainly glad to hear that the fine art of apocalyptic doomsday comment, in contrast, is far from moribund in the modern world.


  • Lauren

    Are you kidding? All the haters need to re-evaluate. This video is awesome. It’s tacky, goofy, poorly shot… and completely thrilled to be itself. It’s hilarious and accurate.

    Any way (even the super-dorky ones) to help spread the word on the fascinating new ideas coming/set-to-come out of CERN is good.

    It need not be Art to be clever and valuable… and fun.

  • Me

    I want one of those CERN Fiats.

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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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