Particle physics rap: Making the Large Hadron Collider sing

In the tradition of Richard Feynman’s ode to orange juice, but spiced with actual information: Tommaso Dorigo at A Quantum Diaries Survivor found a video on YouTube showing a rap about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Katie McAlpine, on temporary assignment to CERN, put the rap and video together in her spare time. (CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research)

The video fills an educational need. It explains some of the work in high-energy particle physics going on there on the border between France and Switzerland.

Will it quiet the internet worries about whether the creation of tiny, disappearing black holes might accidentally lead to the end of the planet? Don’t bet on it.

This video could make a key part of a geography warm-up, noting research in the European Union. CERN’s premier position in nuclear particle research is due to the cancellation in 1993 of the Superconducting Super Collider, which was then under construction near Waxahatchie, Texas. A little bit of digging could produce a lesson plan on government funding of research, especially in nuclear physics, or on geography of such massive cyclotrons, or on the history of particle physics, black holes, or uses for atom splitting.

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4 Responses to Particle physics rap: Making the Large Hadron Collider sing

  1. […] Rapping physics in the Bathtub Now it’s gone big time, with NPR’s Morning Edition and Pharyngula on the bandwagon, remember you saw the Large Hadron Collider Rap second here at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. […]


  2. jtankers says:

    Please disregard my flawed neutron star conjecture above.

    The neutron star and cosmic ray safety arguments in the 2008 LHC Safety Report were deemed “unverified” by CERN’s Scientific Policy Committee, but not for the reasons above.

    Credible arguments that neutron stars do not prove safety may be found in points 5, 6 and 7 of


  3. jtankers says:

    Question: Do you know many cosmic rays strike a neutron star in one Earth year?

    Answer: Zero, the magnetic field of a neutron star is 1,000,000,000,000 times more powerful than Earth’s!

    Magnetic fields of white dwarfs are 1,000,000 times Earth’s.

    Hawking Radiation is unlikely, rapid micro black hole growth is plausible, no safety arguments are verified.



    Well just ‘Rap’ your way down the rabbit-hole, and find out just how far down it goes! It might be advisable to take the ‘blue pill’, and not venture therein! Enter at your own risk!

    Remember: Go Ask Alice, I think she’ll know!


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