Large hadron collider rap

The world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, is scheduled to begin operations next week. The device will search for fundamental subatomic particles and hopefully will be able to tell us more about the every early universe.

It is also a good subject for a rap. Kate McAlpine, a 23-year old graduate of the University of Michigan and a science writer who works at CERN, which operates the collider, wrote a rap about the $4.6 billion machine; the video has been viewed over 750,000 times on YouTube in the past few weeks. Here it is:

Physicists report that the rap is scientifically accurate and I think it actually can help people understand the purpose of the LHC and what particle physicists are up to these days. It is very likely that we’ll see some significant breakthroughs in physics in the coming decade, as described in the song. How exciting!

1 comment so far

  1. […] LHC about to come online MSNBC’s science editor, Alan Boyle has a good story on the soon-to-be activated Large Hadron Collider, “Super-smasher targets massive mystery.”  It explains what scientists hope to find with the LHC in a bit more detail, albeit less musical aplomb, than the LHC rap. […]

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