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Monty Python legend Eric Idle and fresh-faced rockstar physicist Brian Cox have teamed up to write a song. It's an update to Monty Python's "Galaxy song" about the meaning(lessness) of life, with a new focus on the biological reasons for our insignificance and will be featuring on the BBC show The Wonder of Life in January. Idle …

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Original...

...can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqtdpuZxvk

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Still makes me tear up a bit

This version has the same affect as the original version.

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MrT
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True...

... but I'm sure everyone is pleased to note that life is, despite the government's best efforts, no longer a piece of sh1t...

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I'm not.

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Wrong song.

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Re: True...

... and more embarrassingly the entirely wrong movie, but I realised it after ObSolutions Inc had posted... I probably cross read it with the "look on the bright side" post further down about Richard Hammond... :-/

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Not as good as the original version (especially it's lack of last-line wrap-up) but still fun.

Just a shame that they have to get a theoretical physicist to present a show on biology and evolution, when there are other more directly qualified candidates around.

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They should've gotten Sheldon to present it. Would be far more entertaining.

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Oh look on the bright side - it's not Richard Hammond.

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True, but neither is it Charlotte Uhlenbroek...

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I think that is sort of the point - a look on Life from the perspective of a physicist.

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...nor Dr. Alice Roberts

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Age versus size

Um, can someone clear something up for me. I understood the universe to be about 14 billion years old. Assuming nothing can travel faster than light, presumably the universe can only be about 28 billion light years across, therefore?

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Re: Age versus size

From what I understand, the universe can expand faster than the speed of light.

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Re: Age versus size

Yes, the universe isn't moving, it's stretching. Or space is stretching. Or something.

By the way, this came up when there was that song about "Nine million bicycles in Beijing", and I don't think -that's- true any more either, they've all got cars now. The bicycles might be still there in attics, but probably not everyone in Beijing has an attic, either.

This writer agrees: http://bedejournal.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/nine-million-bicycles.html

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Re: Age versus size

Actually, you might want to make that 14 billion light years across. According to relativity, any two things moving away from the same point (i.e., the original site of the big bang) at the speed of light, are also only moving away from each other at the speed of light.

But I'm getting giddy from all the big numbers. I likes me exponents negative, I tells you!

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Thanks to all for the responses.

Wikipedia has this to say:

"While special relativity constrains objects in the universe from moving faster than the speed of light with respect to each other, there is no such theoretical constraint when space itself is expanding. It is thus possible for two very distant objects to be expanding away from each other at a speed greater than the speed of light,"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe#Size.2C_age.2C_contents.2C_structure.2C_and_laws

Which is interesting.

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14 Billion Years

This probably doesn't answer bolccg's question, but it's pretty cool...

http://scaleofuniverse.com/

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That's awesome but I fear the internet has jaded me. I was actually surprised when it didn't end with a drawing of a fat woman and the words "Your mum".

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I'll drink a toast to it after I've wiped the quantum foam off my lips...

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Unfortunately...

... the last two lines of the song have not been changed.

Because there hasn't been any need to change them....

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The show's called "The Wonders of Life"

note the plural, to match Prof Cox's previous globetrotting videolectures

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there's always the "Animaniacs" version

"it's a great big universe, and we are all really puny...."

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