Just ask Baba Brinkman, who delivered an insightful “Rap Guide to Evolution” at the Evolving Words workshop in Hinxton, England, earlier this month. (More on Brinkman at Science magazine’s Origins blog.)
A lot can be said in a rap, especially when using success in hip-hop as a metaphor for natural selection. Brinkman’s goal here is to educate. Darwin also shows up in pop songs like American rock group R.E.M.’s Man on the Moon.”
Other performers veer away from being completely educational or philosophical. Instead, they see Darwin’s life as great fun. Take Richard Milner, the singing Darwinian scholar, who grew up admiring Charles Darwin as well as prominent scientist and author Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002). This New York Times video profile of Milner is one of the best.
The artists mentioned here are just a few notables who have used Darwin as their muse. For more examples of what’s on Darwin’s iPod, check out Cells in Culture or the U.K. Mirror's Science Blog.