1. A physics graduate student at Montreal's McGill University has created an a capella version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody with the lyrics changed to references to the finer points of string theory.
  2. A Capella Science - Bohemian Gravity!
  3. Tim Blais posted the video on YouTube on Monday. It's a video mosaic showing him performing all the music tracks — all the vocals and every instrument from floor tom to lead guitar. Oh, and during the guitar solo, it features a sock puppet Albert Einstein.

    I mean, really, what more do you want?
  4. String theory, if you're not up on your theoretical physics, is a mathematical framework attempting to unify all the fundamental forces of the universe, from gravity to magnetism, and all forms of matter, from quarks to super-massive black holes.

    Or, put another way, it's what this guy studies:
  5. Blais manages to cram references to everything from Feynman diagrams to Nambu–Goto action into a lean six minutes.

    "Well, that took a while," Blais deadpans when the music finally fades out.

    Since Blais posted his video, it has been watched more than 130,000 times and been featured on ScientificAmerican.com and the science fiction blog io9.

    He also has high-profile fans in Star Trek actor George Takei, who linked to the video on his Facebook wall, and Les Miserables star Russell Crowe.
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  7. Some on Twitter said that Queen guitarist Brian May, himself holder of a PhD in astrophysics, would be proud of this reworked version.
  8. And, as it turns out, May was impressed enough with it to feature it on his website:
  9. Blais was suitably stunned.
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  11. And if you prefer your theoretical physics-based pop song parodies to have a more contemporary sound, well, you're in luck. Bohemian Gravity isn't Blais's first effort.

    Here is his parody of Adele's Rolling in the Deep, which tells the story of the Large Hadron Collider and its search for the all-important Higgs boson.
  12. A Capella Science - Rolling in the Higgs (Adele Parody)
  13. Blais has just submitted his master's thesis (and posted it online) and says he plans to take a year to focus on his music.

    What do you think of these videos? Does listening to scientific information in a song make it easier to understand? What would you want to hear next?
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