By Hamish Johnston
“What actually goes on
when hunting a boson.”
If that’s the sort of rhyming couplet that tickles your fancy, you will love this music video from CERN.
It features the CERN choir performing “The particle physicists’ song”, a variation on the Flanders and Swann classic “The hippopotamus song”. The new words are by Danuta Orlowska, who is a clinical psychologist in London.
Other memorable lines include:
“They all thought of SUSY with love in their eyes”
and “Those physics professors were no idle guessers”.
And if you think you can do better than that, the choir suggests you e-mail your own verses to email@example.com
If particle physics isn’t your bag and you’d prefer a song about nuclear power, then check out this reworking of “Yankee doodle dandy” from the American Nuclear Society. It’s from 2002 but a bit of a gem.