The Friday Fillip: Bohemian Gravity

This is one of those fillips where I let someone else do all the work. And in this case it’s a young man named Tim Blais who’ll do the heavy lifting. But that’s okay because the force is with him. The unified force, it seems.

Tim’s a recent graduate of the Master of Science program at McGill University whose thesis goes by the catchy title of “A new quantization condition for parity-violating three-dimensional gravity.” Excellent, right?

But Tim’s a little different. Oh sure, he’s prepared to violate parity, but he does it in the coolest way — at least when he’s Timblais the musician: he sings it. Thanks to the miracle of overdubbing and multitrack recording, Timblais does a kick-ass a capella version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody with lyrics drawn from his work in string theory. If you know someone who’s dithering about going into science because it may be dull, show them this. And wait for the Einstein sock puppet.

And if that pleased you, take a look at his earlier a capella, “Rolling in the Higgs,” a parody of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.


  1. He even includes a shout-out to the Canadian copyright mash-up fair dealing reform!

  2. I watched this last night. He’s quite brilliant, in more ways than one. Count me as a fan.