Rihanna has it wrong! June 27, 2013Posted by mareserinitatis in physics, science.
Tags: music, physics, refraction
I heard Rihanna’s song “Diamonds” for the first time yesterday. (I know…I live under a rock…though, unfortunately, not that kind of rock or I’d be rich.) I rather liked the song except for the line that keeps popping up: “Shine bright like a diamond.” Something about the way it sounds doesn’t quite fit the rest of the song for me, or maybe it was to repetitive. But what really bugged me is that, every time I heard it, all I could think was, “Diamonds don’t shine! They refract!” I suppose refraction doesn’t sell as much pop music, though. I will suggest, however, if any of you are aces at making music remixes, that the song would benefit from more accurate physics. (Maybe she should take some notes from Britney Spears?)
Anyway, I hate it when science gets in the way of enjoying music. When it’s not wrong, though, it can sometimes make the music more enjoyable.