Quantum rock and roll: 11 compositions that open the doors to the wonderful world of science
“The Universe is a Divine Symphony for a String Orchestra”
Higgs Boson: Nick Cave – “Higgs Boson Blues” (2013)
“Have you ever heard of the Higgs boson blues? ..”
In any case, we definitely heard about the Higgs boson itself and the Large Hadron Collider, built by the CERN research center in Switzerland, inside which nuclear physicists carefully dispersed subatomic particles almost to the speed of light and pushed them together, trying to find the so-called “particle of God” “, or” brick of the universe. ” It is this particle that gives mass to matter in the Universe and has long been considered the missing link in the Standard Model. In 2012, physicists announced that they were able to find the elusive boson, or at least a “particle very similar to it”, so now we all seem to be able to sleep peacefully.
Nick Cave, inspired by this scientific discovery, wrote the beautiful song “Higgs Boson Blues”, which was included in his 2013 album “Push The Sky Away”. In addition to the Higgs boson, Robert Johnson and Lucifer appear in it. And Miley Cyrus (but more about that another time, and better never).
Well-known physicist and TV presenter Brian Cox joked about this composition like this: “It’s not necessary to write such sad songs about the boson; we should be happy about its existence, because without it there would be neither Nick Cave, nor anything else in this world.”
Quarks: Hawkwind – “Quark, Strangeness and Charm” (1977)
“We found a black hole in outer space
And we talk about the strangeness and charm of quarks … ”
As you know, a quark is a fundamental particle that is part of hadrons. Since the late 60s, everyone has been talking about quarks. They even write songs about them – for example, now almost forgotten, but once quite famous British band Hawkwind, pioneers of psychedelia and space rock.
The hadron hypothesis was first put forward by Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig in 1964. Currently, scientists divide quarks into 6 different types, which they call “aromas.” So, quarks are lower, upper, beautiful, true, strange and fascinated. The name itself was borrowed by M. Gell-Mann from James Joyce’s novel Finnegans Wake, where in one episode the phrase “Three Quarks for Master Mark” sounds. In general, for an uninitiated person, quarks are as obscure as the experimental creations of the great Irishman. What can I say – even Einstein, Galileo and Copernicus, according to the lyrics, were not in the subject.
The effect of time dilation: Queen – “’39” (1976)
“In the 39th a ship arrived from a clear sky,
Volunteers returned home that day.
They ushered in a newborn world,
But their soul was hard.
… So many years have passed, but I am only one year old.
Your mother’s eyes cry out to me from yours. ”
The author of this song (the thirty-ninth in Queen’s studio discography) is Brian May, who is known not only as the guitarist of the famous rock band, but also as an astrophysicist. The composition, which was included in the album “A Night At The Opera”, tells a fantastic story about volunteers who went to plow space, returned to Earth a year later and found that several decades had passed on their home planet during this time. Brian refers to the effect of time dilation (see also the “twin paradox”).
The principle of the theory of relativity operates in a spaceship – the faster the ship moves, the more time inside it slows down. Therefore, a trip to nearby stars, which would take decades from the point of view of people on Earth, for astronauts will last only a few months. It is also possible that for some reason a spaceship flew close to a black hole, the gravity of which significantly distorts time (see Interstellar).
Quantum Theory and Parallel Worlds: Jarvis Cocker – “Quantum Theory” (2006)
“Somewhere there, everyone is happy, and the fish have no bones,
Somewhere out there we are not subject to the laws of gravity,
And somewhere out there you are not alone …
Somewhere there, in a parallel dimension,
Something is happening right now, hidden from our gaze.
And there is a force linking together the whole universe.
And all will be well”.
In 1957, Hugh Everett, a young scientist from Princeton, suggested that the universe creates its copies with all the probabilities, and these duplicates exist independently of each other. This was a new model of interpretation of quantum mechanics, known as the theory of the multiplicity of worlds (TMM), or multi-world interpretation (MMI).
According to Everett, there are an infinite number of parallel universes and copies of each person. Just imagine that an unimaginable number of versions of each of us lives in the Multiverse. At the moment, in some of the parallel realities, your version does not read this article, but writes a dissertation or grows zucchini. And some other version reads the article, but this version has a mustache or a third eye.