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August 29, 2012

Rolling in the Higgs

Daily Mail (UK):

A student excited by the result of the decades-long search for the Higgs Boson particle has paid his tribute ... in a cappella form. More than 70,000 YouTube viewers have already enjoyed Tim Blais's song, 'Rolling in the Higgs' - a parody of 'Rolling in The Deep' by soul singer Adele.

The student, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, explains how the Higgs was found with perhaps the most lucid explanation ever set to music.

The fresh-faced student begins with: 'There's a collider under Geneva, reaching new energies that we've never achieved before', and then continues to lay out the scientific discovery - with his face popping up every time he starts a new harmony.

While 'gluons' and 'gauge tranformation' and '125 GeV' are not the most common words in pop history, they all find a place in Tim's song.

As this is a cappella, all the sounds in the video come from Tim's lips or throat, and the array of background singers were easy to find - they were all him. He describes himself as a 'harmony addict working on a master's in theoretical physics' who spent 60 hours to create the tribute. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at August 29, 2012 12:00 AM