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Joe DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters Featured by PBS Nova

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Posted by: sue
November 21, 2009, 10:34 AM

Harry Potter meets Science meets Wizard Rock...of sort as PBS Nova has a new special online called "Secret Lives of Scientists"  and features Joe DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters. Many of you might know that Joe is one half of the popular Wizarding rock group, but he is also a serious Physics student at Clark University, and on the site we can learn more about his passion for both science and music in a great series of videos with this  funny, talented and very smart young man. Quotage from PBS:



"We were pretty excited when Joe DeGeorge came to our set. We’d met some other scientists who thought they were rock stars. But Joe really is one. In his SLoS videos, Joe talks about some similarities between rocking with his band, Harry and the Potters, and doing his science. In one of the pieces that got left on the cutting room floor, he also spoke about one of the differences:

“The sort of satisfaction I get out of music is that there’s almost this instant gratification of making something—when you play a show, people are there, and clapping for you, and excited for you. Whereas in science, if I’m just at my lab, mixing some stuff up, maybe I make a new compound—but nobody’s there, cheering for me. There aren’t a hundred people standing outside my lab, going ‘Yeah! Do it again! One more!’ I mean that would be great if that happened in science. But it’s hard to imagine a giant laboratory on stage with some guy mixing stuff together and not knowing what’s going to happen. Most of the time, people would just be like, ‘Oh—that didn’t work….’”

For better and for worse, what Joe says is true. In one of his videos, you can hear us clapping after he sings his impromptu composition, “Dick Feynman.” But we didn’t clap at all when Joe was telling us about growing crystals in the lab. Not even a little.

So if science is short on rock-star adulation, what’s in it for Joe?

“I get a great satisfaction in knowing that we as a species are looking for new things and exploring the universe we live in, to see what’s really out there, and trying to understand how it works, and where it’s going—and where it came from. It’s almost like it fulfills, that sort of religious nature people have, the need to explain the universe—that’s what science does for me. So, being able to explore the unexplored is—I imagine I get the same feeling that an ancient shaman would, working with magical materials. When I do science, I’m trying to do something no one’s ever done before.”

Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap.

Dumbledore would be proud.

Hear hear! Thanks for the link Daniel!

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What a great article!!!

Posted by Jane_Potter on November 22, 2009, 09:31 PM report to moderator
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xD

Posted by Beazy :) (Formerly: MidnightSun321 ) {!!ROAR!!} on November 22, 2009, 10:23 PM report to moderator
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I like that, he has a technical (science) outlet and a creative (music) outlet. Nice balance! ….and in a way….Bill Nye the science guy is kind of a rock star…in that doesn’t-actually-play-in-a-band-but-is-still-awesome-and-makes-science-fun kind of rock star.

Posted by Phlegm dela Coeur on November 23, 2009, 01:27 PM report to moderator
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GO harry and the potters!!!!!:)

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