John D. Boswell’s Symphony of Science is kind of like Auto-Tune the News for science, if Auto-Tune the News was aimed to produce something more interesting than silly parodies of on-air gaffs. I enjoy Auto-tune the News as much as the next person, but they lack the beauty and sincerity of any given Symphony of Science video. It definitely helps that Boswell is working with stunning images of space and nature (from high-quality BBC productions, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Discovery Channel productions, and TED talks) and wonderfully eloquent scientists.
The thirteenth Symphony of Science video came out this week, and it is a “musical celebration of the wonders of biology, including evolution, natural selection, DNA, and more”. “The Greatest Show on Earth” samples David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, and Bill Nye from their talks and television appearances, remixes them with a music track, and pairs these sounds with gorgeous images from BBC nature programs.
If you like “The Greatest Show on Earth”, you should definitely check out some other Symphony of Science videos. I’m particularly partial to “Onward to the Edge!” (drawing heavily from Neil deGrasse Tyson) and “A Glorious Dawn” (which amusingly uses some whooping noises Carl Sagan made in one of his television specials as part of the actual music track). The best place to start, though, might be “The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)” – a three-minute video comprised entirely of scientists from Sagan and Dawkings to Richard Feynman and Carolyn Porco waxing philosophic about what science is and what scientists do.