Monday, September 29, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider Rap

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest and highest-energy particle accelerator complex in the world. It was built as an experiment to see the effects of colliding opposing beams of protons with very high kinetic energy. Wikipedia has more detail…

It caused quite a stir earlier this year because some people actually feared that the Collider could possibly cause a Black Hole. One thing is for certain, though: not many people understand just what this 27km long super-science-experiment is meant to do.

Kate McAlpine made it her mission to change all that.

Kate is a 23-year-old Michigan State University graduate and science writer who created a very funny rap video about the groundbreaking collider.

McAlpine received permission to film herself and friends dancing in the caverns and tunnels where the experiments will take place.

"We love the rap, and the science is spot-on," CERN spokesman James Gillies said.
Top science magazine New Scientist wrote: “Hats off to Kate McAlpine and crew, who took to the tunnels under CERN to bring us the most entertaining explanation of physics we've seen since Schoolhouse Rock. Backup dancing aside, it's a completely respectable description of what scientists hope to learn when they first flip the switch on the Large Hadron Collider—a massive particle accelerator located near Geneva—sometime later this month.”

So, finally an Internet meme with an educational angle! Check it out:


Tamara said...

Is it just my useless PC that's not showing the video in this post (not as in it's slow or won't start - I just can't see anything but white screen in that space)?

Kit said...

Hey T.
It seems to be there for me...
I'll double check it though.