Columbia physics professor Emlyn Hughes surprised his students on Monday morning by introducing his lecture on quantum mechanics by blaring rap music, stripping down to his underwear, putting on an all-black ensemble, playing video footage of war scenes and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, then standing by as two people chopped a stuffed animal in half.
“In order to learn quantum mechanics, you have to strip to your raw, erase all the garbage from your brain and start over again,” he declared.
Video of the presentation was published to Vimeo on Monday evening by a student wielding a smartphone.
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