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Symphony of Science Mash-Up Video in Honor of the God Particle Discovery

Here is a great video mash-up created by the Symphony of Science in honor of the recent announcement today of the discovery of the Higgs boson, otherwise known as the God Particle.

“I think we have it,” said Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the director general of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research located in Geneva, Switzerland. The agency is home to the Large Hadron Collider, the immense particle accelerator that produced the new data by colliding protons. The findings were announced by two separate teams. Dr. Heuer called the discovery “a historic milestone.”

In all honesty, I have been reading and reading and READING several various articles, publications, studies, etc. and I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around this. I comprehend the overall discovery, but simply cannot make that visualization of what occurs with the Higgs boson in my head. It may never happen as this is some very advanced physics here. But for forty years, scientists and researchers have been attempting to discover the God Particle.

Today, I had a discovery as well. An organization called “Symphony of Science” which is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. My previous post is a remix of Mister Rogers — and it is great! So in honor of CERN’s discovery, here is a video which was uploaded to Youtube last September called “The Quantum World!” Note that this is NOT specifically about the Higgs Boson. This is a musical investigation into the nature of atoms and subatomic particles, the jiggly things that make up everything we see. Featuring Morgan Freeman, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Richard Feynman, and Frank Close. Below the video are the lyrics.

I have found these mash-up’s and remixes by Symphony of Science to be phenomenal!!! A modern day version of Schoolhouse Rock which was what I grew up watching, enjoying and learning from.


Symphony of Science – the Quantum World!

*Please note that dark matter and dark energy are considered to make up a majority of the universe, in addition to the 12 particles and 4 forces.

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


Related Articles and References:

The Symphony of Science website
CERN Press Release: CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson
CERN: Higgs within reach | Our understanding of the universe is about to change…
CERN: CERN in a nutshell
NY Times: Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to the Universe
PBS: The Higgs Boson Explained

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