Scale of the Universe
Scale of the Universe is a hip hop song by Boy in a Band composed by Dave Lens and features Vihart. It was released as a digital single on 2013-08-06 with a video produced by Brady Haran and published through Sixty Symbols.
The song is an attempt to describe the incomprehensible size of the observable universe compared to the equally incomprehensible smallness of the Plank length. It does this by using analogies that we can just barely begin to understand.
The song is just wonderful and reminds of me previous attempts like Monty Python's Galaxy Song and the Animaniacs's Yakko's Universe. Like the others, the song evokes a strong sense of epic grandeur and humility capable of bringing tears to my eyes when I let the strength of the song affect me. I especially love this because it creates a similar feeling to my religious days, only in this case, the feeling is evoked by something real!
If you were to zoom in, phase-out, move in, focus on this human, whose cells magnify as you fly through them, and see atoms, looming but you keep shooting past protons, bosons, quarks 'til even a part of a particle's too big, Then boom An end to the intrusion As you hit the resolution of the universe the strands of its fabric the tiniest fragment the Planck length, past that, Gravity becomes fallacy, try contrasting that with the galaxies Try to grasp the huge magnitude of the universe it's unimaginable. But let's try anyway. If that insane length was one dollar bill Then to reach the wavelength of the smallest particles Quarks, that are so fundamental they don't have an inherent size Would be the current price you'd gain if you sold Mount Everest made out of gold. That is insane. If you applied the Midas touch to my mind it'd be quite enough to buy a car to drive And the gluons and 3 quarks combined make a large hadron those guys collide; A proton, and to magnify to that size would turn that Midas mountain into a diamond My mind made of that could buy you an island. And next we ramp up, from quarks and protons to atoms, atoms the fractions of matter the ones that that grant us our mass, and if that quark was counted every time you take a single breath you'd respire Midas mountains then until your death, yeah! And if that life was compressed into one lock of hair then as we climb up the rest of these atomic stairs then we'd pass DNA when we get to my red streak and the size of our cells we equate to every hair on my head, sing. Sometimes you make me feel so small Can't comprehend your size Yet I'm a giant in your eyes If we took my head of hair that a cell represents lifetimes of Midas Everest breaths and then you would stretch it out to the skyline, again and again you'd find circle round the earth 10 times before you meet me... and you. Right here the reach of a human, a meter or two and if we were to choose one song to represent those horizons, an MP3 on our device then, to reach the size of the earth compared to like our size That's a terabyte hard drive, filled with our files It seems immense! And if we compress that collection to one word to represent our world, then scaling coefficients from the planet to the solar system would let me re-read the whole of Deathly Hallows Awesome. And then to travel between stars as we take to the skies Would be ten times every word you'll ever say in your life And as an analogy of the expanse of galaxies up in space Ten times the total of every word in every book ever made And to move up to the scale of galaxy clusters Would be every word said by everyone in Shanghai, in London Berlin, Delhi, LA, Mumbai, São Paulo, and Moscow Jakarta, Karachi, Dubai, Telford, Tokyo, and Stockholm And then to galaxy superclusters In the large-scale structure with filaments that feel inadequately described as humongous Since if we stay with the scale of Earth as a word that equates to all the words everyone alive today will ever say And finally we reach the biggest physical thing we can confirm The indescribable size of the observable universe which would be more than every word that every person ever has said Every word that was ever written, Every word that was ever read! Sometimes you make me feel so small Can't comprehend your size Yet I'm a giant in your eyes. I can't control the scope But I'm not losing hope No no no noooo To summarize, Every word that every person has ever said in their lives where each word implies enough MP3s to fill a terabyte hard drive Where each song is ten times the number drives to the horizon that it'd take to ride around the world each time you set eyes on one where each horizon is a head of hairs and every hair there is the length of a lifetime and each breath in that life is the price of mount Everest made entirely by Midas and that finally describes it, Oh, and it's increasing in size So each time you listen to this song again it'll be even more difficult to comprehend.