Leave it to a Canadian physics graduate student to create the geekiest cover you'll ever see.
McGill University's Tim Blais, 23, released his string-theory-themed version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" Monday and it has quickly set the nerdier corners of the Internet alight.
It's not hard to see why. The video clearly took a titanic amount of labour. The subject matter is challenging enough, but Blais sang and recorded video of all of the tracks in the complex harmony as well.
"Well, that took awhile," Blais says in the clip. "In my defense, I was writing a master's thesis."
The title of that thesis? "A new quantization condition for parity-violating three-dimensional gravity."
Ya, we have no idea what that means, or what most of the allusions in the video refer to.
What we do know, is that Blais has been perfecting the art of being an awesome nerd for quite some time. His Higgs-Boson centred cover of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" went viral last year and he has long been obsessed with Bill Nye.
"At about three or four a kid in my preschool introduced me to Bill Nye the Science Guy, which became the only TV I watched for about six years. After kindergarten I didn’t go to school until Grade 10, but was homeschooled by my parents," Blais told The McGill Daily.
That homeschooling certainly worked.
Blais' latest video effort has been featured by CBC, NPR, Scientific America, Io9, MSN and others. "Star Trek" actor and social media phenomenon George Takei posted the video to his popular Facebook page and Russell Crowe has tweeted about it.
The ultimate compliment though has to be Queen guitarist Brian May, who has a phD in Astrophysics, posting the video to his website.
All the attention seems to be having an effect on Blais. He tweeted Tuesday that he's going to take some time away from physics and pursue music for the next year. We can't wait to hear what comes next.
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Is it just fantasy?
Caught in the landscape,
Out of touch with reality
On S5 or T*S3
Space is a pure void
Why should it be stringy?
Because it's quantum not classical
Any way you quantize
You'll encounter infinity
Via paths we understand
Using Feynman diagrams
Often, they will just rebound
But now and then they go another way
Infinities will make you cry
Unless you can renormalize your model
Of baryons, fermions
And all other states of matter
Can be thought of as a field
But these infinities are real
In a many-body
Our results diverge no matter what we do...
A Quantum Soup (any way you quantize)
Kiss your fields goodbye
Guess Einstein's theory wasn't complete at all!
I see extended 1-D objects with no mass
What's their use? What's their use? Can they give us quark plasma?
What to minimize?
What functional describes this
How to quantize I don't know
I'm just a worldsheet, please minimize me
He's just a worldsheet from a string theory
Reperametrized by a Weyl symmetry!
Fermi, Bose, open, closed, orientable?
Modes! They become particles (particles!)
They become particles (particles!)
They become particles (particles!)
Become particles (particles!)
Become particles (many many many many particle...)
Modes modes modes modes modes modes modes!
Oh mamma mia mamma mia,
Such a sea of particles!
A tachyon, with a dilaton and gravity-vity-VITY
Now we need ten dimensions and I'll tell you why
So to get down to 4D we compactify!
Manifolds must be Kahler!
(Complex Reimannian symplectic form)
If we wanna preserve
Any of our super-symmetry
(Superstrings of type I, IIa and IIb)
(Heterotic O and Heterotic E)
(All are one through S and T duality)
(Thank you Ed Witten for that superstring revolution and your new M-theory!)
(Type IIB String!)
(In the AdS/CFT)
Molecules and atoms
Light and energy
Time and space and matter
All from one united
Any way you quantize...