Large Hadron Rap, best supercollider rap ever

BrookynTwang sez, "Check out this video for the Large Hadron Rap, by far the greatest physics rap of all time. The flow is halfway decent, and it accurately covers a lot of knowledge related to particle physics and the LHC. Its by AlpineKat, alter-ego of a science writer currently working at the LHC."

Oh that's fantastic! I got to tour Cern and the LHC last week and got a ton of great pics, and came away with the impression that if this thing causes the universe to wink out of existence, it'll have been worth it. Large Hadron Rap, My photos from Cern



  1. I also love how many of the comments on the youtube video page are from people that think the LHC is going to destroy the earth.

    And I am still just amazed how AlpineKat is able to succinctly explain, in so few lines, things like mass-energy equivalence, the case for dark matter, how particle collision are used to detect unseen particles using conservation of energy/momentum, what antimatter is, the mystery of unequal amounts of matter/antimatter, the higgs mechanism for giving mass to particles, the weakness of gravity and its possible explanation with extra dimensions, and what each experiment (LHCb, ALICE, CMS, ATLAS) is doing.

    I guess being a professional science writer helps.

    Cory, I’m so jealous of your trip to CERN. I’m on the waiting list, which means I’ll get to visit sometime several years from now.

  2. Is there a place where this is posted with its original (meaning, non-fucked-by-Youtube) sound?

  3. Best supercollider rap ever?

    Maybe, but not best physics rap ever. I’d have to nominate MC Hawking, the dopest computer rapper around, for his classic E=mc Hawking. It’s a shame they took down the best MP3s from that site.

  4. i disagree with the notion that MC Hawking is better. He didn’t say much and his flow was weaker in my opinion.

  5. These physics raps just perpertuate anti-matter stereotypes and encourage further annihilation.

    Oh sure they claim to rap about “reality”, but scientists need to realize that they are role models and focus on positive messages like magnetic monopoles.

  6. Really nicely done. Actually gave me shivers up my back – the amazing things that are being attempted.

    And that must be a pretty exciting place to be working, as a young scientist…

  7. This is totally going to be included in the new section of my physics course on the standard model!

  8. Yeah. . . uhhh. . . no offense, but that flow is so 1982. It sounds like typical “clueless ‘herb’ attempts rhyming” to me, like whenever Homer Simpson tries to rap. But then again it IS just a novelty song, so it’s no worse than “Rapping Duke” I guess.

    Nice idea though, and it could’ve been much worse.

  9. “…came away with the impression that if this thing causes the universe to wink out of existence, it’ll have been worth it. ”

    Heck, it might be worthwhile even if it doesn’t destroy the universe.

  10. Pardon the “me too” comment, but that was AWESOME!

    The best part was in the credits, where it says “Back-up dancers prefer anonymity”. Too funny.

  11. This is a little late, but I run a production company that makes radio-quality educational rap and pop music. We really need to add videos to them, but in the meantime the songs will blow you away. The gauntlet has been thrown!

    Here’s the first science album:

    Rhythm, Rhyme, Results

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