College physics students often wear heavy metal T-shirts featuring Metallica or Iron Maiden. The geeky technical aspects of physics map to heavy metal – those who find one appealing often embrace the other. Physicist and amateur rocker Philip Moriarty’s wonderfully illustrated use of the metal music genre to explain a concept opaque to non-physicists will resonate with metal-loving mathematicians and curious physicists who love Judas Priest. It will also interest students who wonder if they have an affinity for physics.
About the Author
Philip Moriarty teaches quantum physics at the University of Nottingham and jams in a heavy metal garage band.