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Songs of the Big Bang                                     

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Can you learn about the Big Bang from a popular TV show? How about from the words of popular scientists set to music? The answers are yes and yes!

Why It Matters

  • Dr. Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Hawking has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 50 years. He has been on the forefront of his field and of popularizing science for his entire career.
  • Dr. Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist. He is also an outspoken proponent of understanding the wonders of the universe through science.
  • Dr. Carl Sagan was an astrophysicist and cosmologist who famously wrote and narrated the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.
  • Dr. Tara Shears particle physicist explains what matter and anti-matter met and annihilated each other in its first minute of existence.
  • The Barenaked Ladies wrote the theme song for the TV show The Big Bang Theory.

Show What You Know

With the links below, learn more about the Big Bang. Then answer the following questions.

  1. What happened nearly 14 billion years ago?
  2. What evidence does Stephen Hawking give for the Big Bang?
  3. How have events that took place before The Big Bang altered events that have come since?
  4. What does Carl Sagan say happened just after The Big Bang?
  5. What did matter and anti-matter do after the Big Bang? What is the universe made of?
  6. How evidence can you find for the Big Bang in your own home, if you have an analog television?
  7. Besides the Big Bang, list the other events that were important enough to make the Bare Naked Ladies song.

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