Want to understand quantum physics a little better, but only if that guy from The Shawshank Redemption explains it to you in song? You're in luck. John D. Boswell - the man behind that mind-blowing Carl Sagan+Stephen Hawking video that made the rounds a few years ago - has released the latest in his "Symphony of Science" series of Auto-Tuned educational mashup clips.
Called The Quantum World!, the new song breaks down for the layman "the nature of atoms and subatomic particles, the jiggly things that make up everything we see."
As amazing as it would have been, the footage of Morgan Freeman wasn't shot specifically for the video. It was sourced from an episode of Through The Wormhole, the show Freeman hosts for the Discovery Channel. His co-stars - Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Richard Feynman, and Frank Close - were similarly poached.
All copyright issues aside, the idea of using celebrity to cut through the educational noise isn't bad. In Hong Kong, they've gone way beyond YouTube gimmickry in an effort to get students engaged; an established core of sought-after pop star-ish high school tutors - colloquially known in Cantonese as "tutor kings" - advertise on billboards, drive Lamborghinis, and make highly-rated TV appearances. One of these superstar tutors, Richard Eng, is believed to make $1.5 million a year hawking afterschool cram sessions, which, while not quite in Morgan Freeman territory, is not too shabby for a teacher.