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January 20, 2010

Cut the Strings

Found this on They Might Be Giants



This isn’t my area of expertise so I won’t even get into the legitimacy of their “argument” but here’s what the YouTube publisher had to say.

The musicians are wrong: they do need ten dimensions to get rid of the conformal anomaly, as string theory explains, after all. But the song is fun anyway.

The song was included in an episode of the Brave New World – with Brian Greene about string theory.

I don’t need no
Ten dimensions
Ain’t afraid of
Quantum jitter

Cut the strings
‘Cause I ain’t no puppet
And I’m not gonna dance
To your tune

General relativity
Quantum theory
They’ve been put to the test
And Isaac Newton has been laid to rest

But you’re still not satisfied
‘Cause when the two theories collide
All hell breaks loose, and you fashion the noose
To tie it all together with string ? NO!

Cut the strings
I won’t jump through your hoops
I don’t believe in your loops

Of string
Cut the strings
Physics doesn’t demand
Any vibrating band Of string

More on the song “String Theory

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1 comment

  • At 8:46 am on January 20, 2010, Adonis commented:

    The musicians are wrong: they do need ten dimensions to get rid of the conformal anomaly, as string theory explains, after all

    I think the publisher missed the point. They don’t want string theory at all.

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