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Mama mia! Physics-themed 'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocks

A physics graduate student uses his scientific knowledge, and his pipes, to create an incredible a capella cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Tim Blais singing
Tim Blais had to clone himself to record this song.
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

I dare you to listen to "Bohemian Gravity," a rewritten version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" without throwing in a little head-banging action. While you're rocking out, you just might learn a little something about string theory.

"Bohemian Gravity" is an a capella take on Queen's famous song redone with physics lyrics. It's all by one man: Tim Blais, a physics graduate student at McGill University in Canada. One of his hobbies is recording science-y cover versions of popular songs.

Here's a lyrics selection to get you in the mood: "Space is a pure void. Why should it be stringy? Because it's quantum not classical. Nonrenormalizable. Any way you quantize. You'll encounter infinity. You see." Freddie Mercury would have loved this.

Part of what makes this version spectacular, besides the lyrics, is that Blais had to multi-track himself to create the layers of vocals needed for the song. The video shows him tackling all the parts as he illustrates the lyrics with blackboard equations and an Einstein hand puppet.

Blais apologized for how long it took to deliver the video to viewers, but, in his defense, he was writing a physics master's thesis at the time. If you want to read it, it's called "A new quantization condition for parity-violating three-dimensional gravity." Enjoy!

(Via i09)