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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
Rap the key to explain relativity
DJ Vader
Scientists recognise the selling power of rap
Forward thinking he may have been - but even Einstein would be surprised at the latest use of his theory of relativity.

E=mc2 has been adopted by a London rapper, providing the inspiration for his latest track on love.

DJ Vader says he was inspired by Einstein's explanation of how time flies in a beautiful woman's company.

The tune has been adopted by the Institute of Physics as it tries to bring the scientist's century-old theories to a new generation.

The 22-year-old rapper is from Tower Hamlets, the home of Mercury prize-winning DJ Dizzee Rascal.

I was thinking of me and my girlfriend being together - it does go really quickly
DJ Vader
DJ Vader told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he had not thought much of physics at school and had spent most of his time playing truant.

But he had been inspired by Einstein's explanation of his theory, which reads: "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour it seems like a minute.

"But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and its longer than any hour. That's relativity."

DJ Vader said: "At the time I was thinking of me and my girlfriend being together and definitely it does go really quickly."

He based the song around the idea, but it had an unusual reception from his girlfriend: "When I first played her the track, she started laughing at me and I started laughing as well," he told Today.

It's a good example of how physics touches our everyday lives and can be inspirational to absolutely everybody
Caitlin Watson, of the Institute of Physics

Caitlin Watson, of the Institute of Physics, told the programme she had found the tune on the internet when looking for examples of people being inspired by the science.

"It's contemporary, it's not patronising, it's got physics in there," she added.

"It's a good example of how physics touches our everyday lives and can be inspirational to absolutely everybody."

The music will be used as a backing track on an institute computer game aimed at encouraging young people to be interested in physics.

It is part of plans for 2005's 100th anniversary of Einstein revealing his theory.


WATCH AND LISTEN
DJ Vader and Caitlin Watson, Institute of Physics
"From the legend Einstein"



SEE ALSO:
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19 Apr 04  |  Science/Nature


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