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.
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.
- More serious videos about LHC – such as the Search for the Higgs (Part 1)
- Phil Plait’s (the Bad Astronomer) trip to CERN and the LHC
- Katie McAlpine’s other physics rap
- TomLehrer’s song on the periodic table of the elements; and another, IMHO, better version
- Feynman and the orange juice song, accompanied by bongos
- Feynman on the “pleasure of finding things out”