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Science Groove
A few weeks ago I went to see my coworker's band Science Groove. Founder Do Peterson had a background in music, so decided to put his PhD Dissertation in verse and take his show on the road. As the topic of his studies (and music) is the distribution theory for the sibling recurrence risk ratio, this makes for an interesting and remarkably erudite show.
Science Groove is just one of a number of bands who, following in the footsteps of Schoolhouse Rock, blend music and education into a seamless web of, um, edumusication, or something.
(Jeezum crow, lookit all these links. What is this, MemePool? I mean: "MemePool?")
The concert was great fun. Everyone who wore a lab coat got in free, and the opening act sang a bunch of original and parody songs about muscle development (such as a tune entitled "Microfibrils" sung to the music of "My Sharona"). And Science Groove proved themselves to be more than just a gimmick -- the songs were well written and rockin'. Listen to the first two tracks, Performance and Title Slide (both mp3 links), or check out the entire show here.
I was so inspired by the concert that I went home that evening and wrote this.
Dead and Alive
(Primer on Schrodinger's Cat)
(Primer on Bon Jovi's Dead or Alive)
Erwin Schrodinger In 1926 Published several papers On wave mechanics

The theories he proposed
Turned science on its head
When asked about his findings
This is what he said:

There's a chamber
With a kitty inside
And the cat's both
Dead and alive

In the subatomic world
The particles you'll find
Can be in many states
All at a single time

It doesn't make much sense
To folks like you and me
And that's why Schrodinger
Used this analogy:

There's a chamber
With a kitty inside
And the cat's both
Dead and alive

Lock a kitten in a box
With a vial of cyanide
Until you let it out again
You don't know if it survived.

Now at a quantum level
The cat's completely free from harm
At exactly the same time
It's already bought the farm.

There's a chamber
With a kitty inside
And the cat's both
Dead and alive
There's a chamber
With a kitty inside
And Schrodinger's cat
Is dead and alive

According to the Science Groove calendar page, their next concert is on February 22nd in Seattle.

Posted on December 04, 2002 to Humor





Comments

OK, that's brilliant...it just is.

Of course S. would say: And it is not.

But I say it is, OK?

Posted by: Miel on December 4, 2002 8:28 PM

i am in absolute agreement with its brilliance. are you going to do an acoustic version at the Nobel Prize awards?

Posted by: adam on December 5, 2002 7:53 AM

Wik-wik-wik

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_122.html

Posted by: Adam Miel on December 5, 2002 4:39 PM

I don't think I'm smart enough to read this blog anymore...

Posted by: Stacey on December 6, 2002 6:46 AM

Isn't anyone even a little disturbed that they wouldn't put a little food, water and litter in that 'chamber' just on the off-chance that the cat was really there?

Posted by: Lost Poke on December 6, 2002 8:30 AM

Okay, I just put some theoretical food and water in the theoretical container for the theoretical cat. Theoretically, he/she will eat it, if he/she exists (in a purely theoretical state).

Theo (from Kansas - the rock band)

Posted by: Kansas (the rock band) on December 7, 2002 8:02 PM