It’s a big deal to get a research paper published in the journal Science. And it’s great when that paper gets noticed by media outlets around the world and creates buzz in the scientific blogosphere. But when somebody writes a hip hop song about it, that’s when you know your breakthrough has really, well, broken through.
IQC researcher Krister Shalm and colleagues from the University of Toronto recently enjoyed all the usual attention that accompanies a publication in Science. Their paper, which outlined their technique of mapping the trajectories of quantum particles through the iconic “double-slit experiment,” garnered attention in print, on the radio and all over the internet.
Now, in a rather unexpected twist, the experiment has been immortalized in hip hop. This past Friday’s broadcast of BBC Radio’s Friday Night Comedy featured what might be the world’s first rap track to funkily explain Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, wave-particle duality and the technique of weak measurement. It’s only a matter of time before Kanye West hops on this bandwagon.
Click to listen to The Double-Slit Rap
(Skip ahead about five minutes to get straight to the song).